The Perfect Union: 5G and Small Cells

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By Prasad Bhandaru

Don’t Break Up Their Bliss by Ignoring Small Cell Challenges —

5G promises to support diverse industry use cases with varying demands of service agility, Quality of Service (QoS), and latency requirements. By enabling a fully mobile and connected society, 5G could be the game-changer — not just for personal communication or content delivery, but also for our way of life.

To realize the vast potential of 5G, however, devices need several things:
• an edge data rate of 100 Mbps to each
• latency of less than 10 ms
• seamless handoff between the licensed and unlicensed spectrum

These goals can be collectively achieved using ultra-densification of Radio Access Networks (RAN) with small cells, large unused bandwidth of millimeter-Wave (mmWave), Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS), and advanced technologies such as beamforming. This article provides a further understanding of these
requirements by deep-diving into mmWave small cell deployments, and why they are so critical for a 5G network.

Three challenges could break up the bliss between 5G and small cells. How do you plan to avoid them?

Originally published on September 1, 2020