SMALL CELL ECONOMICS
Traditional outdoor MNO deployment of LTE Small Cells is generally uneconomic, hence very limited deployment by MNOs. Key issues are Site Rental, Power, Zoning, Construction, CAPEX, and Backhaul. Indoor “DAS-Style” deployment of small cells is equally as uneconomic, with less than 5% of buildings having a DAS, or small cell installation. A key reason why dedicated small cell deployment by individual mobile operates is uneconomic is the limited coverage footprint they provide, which in turn serves limited users and does not justify the CAPEX investment. Dense Air solves this by pooling end users from multiple networks to provide a solid economic basis for massive small cell deployment.
Dense Air’s unique virtualised neutral host small cell is fully compatible with 3GPP standards and interfaces, it is not based on MOCN/MORAN or active RAN sharing. The Dense Air wholesale network broadcasts multiple PLMN ID’s to end users, providing a separate PLMN ID for each MNO. The small cells also support MVNOs providing both 4G & 5G technologies.