Small cells make up a rapidly growing share of cellular network infrastructure, deployed by carriers and enterprise users to expand coverage and capacity. Compared to DAS solutions, they are relatively easy to install in locations such as street lamps and in office buildings. However, small cells themselves are growing increasingly complex. In addition to supporting 3G cellular and 4G LTE networks, small cells are expected to be the primary network infrastructure for 5G network deployments. To serve enterprise needs, small cells also need to support multiple operators. This greater complexity increases the importance of small cell antenna system performance and network design. Small cells also exist in complex heterogeneous network environments, requiring careful network planning, testing, and optimization to avoid interference issues.
We work directly with leading small cell manufacturers and cellular carriers to tailor our in-building and outdoor small cell antennas to their frequency bands. We design custom integral antennas to optimize RF performance while allowing the small cell to remain discreet and aesthetically pleasing in commercial and public venues. Our High Rejection GNSS antennas maintain timing synchronization even when placed directly adjacent to LTE antennas. PCTEL’s SeeGull® flex scanning receivers provide complete and reliable RF test data to determine whether small cell networks are performing optimally. Our SeeHawk® testing software leverages scanning receivers in innovative ways, including our Antenna Verification Testing (AVT) tool. Whether you are a cellular carrier, network integrator, or private enterprise in need of better coverage, you can trust PCTEL to help you make the most of your small cell network.