The PCIA released a press release discussing the efforts of industry leaders trying to convince the FCC to streamline the deployment of DAS and other small cells. “At an afternoon Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by PCIA’s HetNet Forum, Jonathan Adelstein, president and chief executive officer of PCIA, noted that the FCC is considering launching a rulemaking to make it easier for companies to deploy DAS and other small cell facilities,” shared PCIA’s press release.
Currently, the regulations treat small cells the same way as towers, or macro cells. Small cells are going to be crucial if planned nationwide commercial and public safety LTE deployments are going to be successful. Small cells are low-powered radio access nodes that are used to provide in-building and outdoor wireless service. Mobile operators use these small cells as a way to extend their service coverage or increase the network capacity.