Today is an Evolution. The Future? A Revolution.
One thing is for sure... the wireless market is changing. And with change comes disruption and the opportunity for new entrants. We believe that the market will experience not only evolution but also revolution in strategies for densifying the network.
With the arrival of LTE, customer demand for video, as well as more intense data usage, operators around the world are now looking for solutions to minimize the infrastructure cost but support data-centric requirements. A complete range of services from 2G to 5G need to run alongside each other in a wireless ecosystem where spectrum is optimized and quality of service is paramount. At SOLiD we believe this will require a toolbox approach to the network.
The toolbox contains densification tools that are both evolutionary and revolutionary – a combination of new and improved DAS and SmallCells with the addition of C-RAN and Optical LAN. These revolutionary tools are changing the way we think about networks and utilized for optimized capacity and coverage.
Everyone loves a great debate...The wireless industry has pitted DAS against Small Cells and in the process, it's difficult to separate the truth from the hype. As a rule of thumb, we believe that DAS to be ideal for very large installations while Small Cells are ideal for smaller applications. But that leaves a big gap in between. We believe that unique characteristics speak to case by case solutions or - even more interesting - to a hybrid approach.
Regardless of the approach, the wireless industry must densify the exisiting macro networks to address the impending data crunch and enable future services such as VoLTE.