Deployed indoors and out by carriers and enterprise users, small cells enable operators to increase network capacity and drive network densification for 5G. Compared to DAS solutions, they are relatively easy to install in locations such as street lamps and in office buildings. However, the large number of small cells needed to cover a given area increases network complexity and the risk of interference from neighboring macro cells or small cells. Multi-mode small cells may also support multiple operators, technologies, and frequency bands, including 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz frequencies. This high level of complexity increases the importance of small cell antenna system performance, network design, network planning, and post-deployment RF testing.
PCTEL’s products enhance the performance of small cell networks worldwide. We work directly with leading small cell manufacturers and cellular carriers to design custom integral small cell antennas as well as easy-to-install external small cell antennas for in-building and outdoor environments. Our High Rejection GNSS antennas feature proprietary technology that maintains timing synchronization even when placed directly adjacent to LTE antennas. PCTEL’s SeeGull® flex scanning receivers provide complete and reliable RF test data for 3G, 4G, NB-IoT, 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz, and multi-mode small cells. Our SeeHawk® Touch Antenna Verification Testing (AVT) tool simplifies the small cell deployment process and post-deployment problem solving. 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.