Intucell's software works with equipment from multiple vendors and can detect coverage, overload and other issues in real time and automatically make adjustments in response. For example, when too many users are connected to one base station, the system automatically adjusts coverage by getting assistance from nearby towers.
Even though interest in small cells is growing, it will take time for the vision they propose to be fully realized.
"What we'll see this year are trials and limited deployments with commercial-ready gear, and next year you'll actually see launches take place ... The question used to be if you were going to need [small cells] or not, but now it's more about how to best deploy them," Schoolar said.
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