Posted on 07/07/2014
By Laith Dahiyat, Director of Product Management
According to analysts, carriers’ revenues from data likely surpassed those from voice services for the first time in 2013, but those data revenues have not kept pace with traffic growth. As a result, wireless carriers need a cost-effective way to expand capacity and enhance service quality. Small cells are the answer. By turning to small cells, carriers can boost network capacity, especially in densely populated areas where a macrosite isn’t enough. Small, relatively inexpensive, and deployable just about anywhere, small cells provide a flexible way to increase capacity and service areas while better managing traffic.
Yet these deployments are no easy task. Small cells present many complex deployment challenges that go far beyond those posed by macrosites; traditional deployment processes don’t account for all the site-based complexities of installing microcells. Small issues can quickly escalate and lead to installation errors, poor data quality, and disputes between carriers and service providers about what was deployed when. Each problem drives up costs and slows deployments.
Carriers, Tower Companies and their Service Providers must find a way to manage and accelerate small cell deployments. Otherwise, as the volume of projects rises, the complexities of deployments could threaten the timing and success of enterprise-wide small cell programs.
Small cell sites present new layers of complexity as compared to traditional macrosite deployments. With all of the zoning, acquisition, and leasing documentation required to build a macrosite, the risk of building it in the wrong location is close to none. However, it’s all too easy to deploy a small cell on the incorrect node inside a building – all it takes is an error in the site plan or a misunderstanding from the installer.
For small cells to deliver on their promise, their deployments must be cost-effective. To ensure maximum value from small cells, carriers and their service providers must overcome the following deployment challenges:
Though small, microcells present huge challenges to carriers and service providers. Deployment processes – and technologies – designed to support macrosites won’t deliver the efficiencies needed for microcells. Carriers and service providers must find a way to deploy tens of thousands of small cells without breaking the bank. To keep costs under control, they need a solution that lets them manage large numbers of complex deployments more easily. Ideally, this solution would further streamline the process by giving carriers and their service providers an integrated view into projects.
Siterra offers the capabilities carriers and service providers need. Since 2001, wireless carriers and service providers have relied on Siterra from Accruent to help them manage assets, sites, leases, and projects. Recognizing the unique characteristics of small cell deployment, Accruent developed a new Small Cell Module that extends the power of the Siterra solution to accelerate and improve small cell deployment processes.
Siterra addresses the challenges of small cell deployment by:
Start to finish – Siterra makes it easier to install small cells efficiently while avoiding the issues that lead to delays and increased costs.