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Small Cells

Small Cells deliver cost-effective capacity and coverage, indoors and outdoors, and are key to network innovation

As data traffic rises and subscribers’ performance expectations grow, supplementing macro networks with small cells is an effective way to provide coverage and capacity indoors and outdoors, in the public space, enterprises and in homes. In addition, small cells deployed in strategic areas are the perfect vehicles to bring network innovation such as value-adding applications, local contextual applications and IoT services.

Yet it can be challenging to deal with the higher control traffic, interference between the macro and small cell networks and backhaul challenges that deploying small cell brings. HetNets are also far more complex than traditional macro only networks, so automating many of the conventional manual and network optimization processes will be essential.

Nokia’s comprehensive range of products and services can help you to meet these challenges and make the most of the opportunities of small cells.


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How can you prepare for the future heterogeneous network?

  • Provide easily scalable solutions to meet changing capacity needs
  • Offer services to ensure the right investments for the right network
  • Find the best solutions for both public indoor and enterprise use

Small cell deployments: you don’t have to learn the hard way

Read our discussion paper that provides an insight into the practical challenges of deploying small cells and how to solve them.

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Discover why our small cells portfolio is the industry’s most comprehensive

AirScale Micro RRHBuild outdoor and indoor networks with the right cell size for their location, managing costs and providing the capacity where needed FemtocellsOur 3G/LTE femtocells comprise a fully 3GPP-compliant femto gateway, complete with Nokia 3G and 4G Femto access points Femtocell Multi-band SOHOA compact enterprise small cell solution for SOHO users, based on an award winning product Flexi ZoneNokia Flexi Zone is a small cell solution for offloading traffic from your macro network to an underlay street-level and indoor network Flexi Lite Base StationA small all-in-one base station optimized for outdoor and indoor micro-cell deployments Services for HetNetsHelps you deal with urban congestion by providing capacity where it is most needed and by deploying the most effective solution to tackle congestion Smart Wi-FiTo get carrier grade wireless access with Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi


It's well-understood that if small cells are to execute on their promise of coverage and capacity improvement, that dense deployments are a requirement. While the sheer scale of small cell deployment in China implies great density, Nokia work with the China Mobile Research Institute – including small cell density down to 10-15 meters along with a MEC component included for video orchestration – stands out as an example of how small cells can support operator demands, today and going forward as we look to 5G architectures.

- Pete Jarich, Current Analysis


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Our comprehensive range of products and services helps you meet the challenges of HetNets and offer the right service for indoor access and enterprises. From base stations optimized for indoor use to services designed to develop the right network, Nokia solutions help you make the most of the opportunities offered by small cells.