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‘Small Cells’ is an umbrella term for operator-controlled, low-powered wireless access points that typically have a range from 10 metres to 1 or 2 kilometres. Types of Small Cells include femtocells, picocells, metrocells and microcells– broadly increasing in size from femtocells (the smallest) to microcells (the largest).
With an insatiable demand for more and faster mobile data, networks initially designed for voice traffic are straining at the edges to accommodate increasingly high data-traffic loads. As the call for greater outdoor capacity and indoor coverage/capacity becomes more urgent, Small Cells have emerged as the ideal solution to increase capacity and speed in high-traffic areas.