Once again, small cells are being tipped for great things in the coming months. But this time if feels different - it seems to be real. We've seen real traction with enterprise deployments, towercos interest is gathering pace and operators have started to put their money where their mouths are. Most notably the Asian and US operators have ramped things up, and if Sprint's struggle to match supply with demand is the shape of things to come then there's surely a compelling business model to back it?!
Some argue there isn’t enough pain being experienced yet by the operators especially those in Europe, which is why they've been reluctant to start scaling up deployments. But data demand and network pressure isn't going to go away, and given just how dense 5G networks are going to have to be, small cells are going to be the most effective and efficient way to do that.