Think Small Cell: Mobile World Congress 2018 Event Report

5G dominated this year’s event, where major operators and vendors vied for position as the fastest, most prepared and technically advanced. A variety of 4G technology was also on display, from Gigabit LTE to MIMO antennas, and this is where most of the immediate investment is going. Virtual Reality demos and games were again popular attractions. We delved behind the hype to assess and digest what’s really going on.

There were one or two new Small Cell vendors at the show. US smart street light automation vendor Ubicquia has developed a plug-in Small Cell that fits on the top of existing lights and can make use of the power line cables for backhaul. Elsewhere, various formats of strand mounted outdoor small cells were also on display.

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