FYI: Interview with Liu Ju, Director of Huawei Small Cell Product Line
Firstly, could you give a short recap of Huawei's view of the small cell market, especially the growing interest in small cells?
For Huawei, small cells are one of the company's top three wireless strategies, the other two being GigaSite and SingleSON. Small cells are so important, as part of the overall mobile network architecture, we have set up a separate organization to focus on them.
When designing any cellular network, we think a deployment strategy should start from a high power macro cell (typically 10 W), followed by lower power micro (1 to 10 W), pico (
Which radio technology is in greatest demand? Are you seeing most interest in 3G or LTE small cells today, and how do you expect that to evolve?
During 2013, we expect demand for 3G small cells to become stronger, with LTE demand growth expanding worldwide in 2014.
The market will see cost effective solution for multi-mode 3G/LTE small cells by the end of 2014 or early 2015. Early hardware ready for multi-mode small cells, which only support a single band, cannot avoid duplicating installation and maintenance costs.