Building a Network in Miniature / by Neil Savage

Verizon is known for many things: great coverage, "can you hear me now?", and for being one of the few truly successful companies whose name is a portmanteau. Add another accolade to the list: great at explaining things. Check out Kevin Fitchard's article that explains small cells, those tiny cell sites that the wireless world is all atwitter about. Excerpt:

"There’s a reason why the devices in our pockets are known as “smart” phones. These sophisticated gadgets have brought the computing and internet revolutions from our desktops to our palms, and every year they grow more powerful. But our handsets aren’t the only things in the mobile world evolving.

Just as our phones have changed from voice-centric to data-centric devices, the networks that connect them have undergone their own transformation. The most obvious change has been the rapid migration away from 2G and 3G networks to much faster 4G LTE technologies, making a 5 or 10 Mbps mobile connection the norm in the United States. But mobile operators aren’t just upgrading the radio technologies that connect your phone. They’re also changing the fundamental design of the network to meet these new data demands."

Find the whole article here. Definitely worth a read if you don't have much exposure to small cell technology!