AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is apparently planning a dramatic follow-through on the plans it disclosed earlier this year to deploy small cells in its network, with the operator reportedly looking to acquire 100,000 diminutive base stations.
A Light Reading article, citing unnamed sources, indicated AT&T has issued requests for information (RFIs) to mobile infrastructure suppliers as it seeks to deploy 100,000 small cells.
"We don't comment on RFIs," an AT&T spokesman told FierceBroadbandWireless.
Another U.S. operator adopting an aggressive HetNet strategy is Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S). Iyad Tarazi, Sprint's vice president of network development, said at the CTIA show that the operator will start launching picocells during the fourth quarter of this year in public venues such as stadiums and hospitals and will also replace its distributed antenna systems (DAS) with picocells, which Sprint intends to launch outdoors in 2013 and 2014.