What are small cells?

Small cells are miniature cellular basestations. They provide a low-power signal much closer to mobile users than traditional macro networks, resulting in better voice quality, higher data performance and better battery life.

Small cells enable operators to provide a premium quality mobile signal where it was never previously economic, such as indoor environments and remote outdoor locations. They also enable operators to meet the burgeoning demand for mobile data, by multiplying the data capacity of the macro network at a fraction of the cost per Gb.

The low cost characteristics of small cells:

low cost characteristics

Intelligent small cells were originally designed for homes, where they are often known as femtocells. Since then, they have been rapidly developed and deployed in enterprises, public space hotspots and outdoor rural environments. 

Here's why

  • Simple, low-cost installation and automatic operation.
  • Work with almost any internet connection for backhaul.
  • Highly efficient use of valuable spectrum assets.

Tecom 1060



Tecom 1080

Indoor public access






Outdoor rural

intelligent small cells add several unique capabilities, all of which are covered by our comprehensive IPR portfolio.

  • ActiveRadio™ performance and interference management
    Most small cells listen to their radio environment just once, when they first start-up. Only Ubiquisys intelligent cells listen to neighbouring cells continuously, adapting to changes immediately. to ensure optimum user experience with no interference problems.
  • ActiveCell™ high-availability small cell performance
    Ubiquisys intelligent cells employ adaptive techniques that enable public access metrocells to match macro network service quality KPIs when deployed in capacity hotspots.
  • ActiveSON™ grid system for small cells
    Only Ubiquisys has deployed small cells for enterprise and public access that automatically form a self-organising network of seamless coverage and capacity.
  • EdgeCloud™ computing platforms
    By integrating a powerful computing platform to the small cell, operators can provide services at the edge of the network that were previously only available in the core, such as virus detection and video adaptation. In addition, content can be cached in the small cell to improve user performance and smooth the effect of a congested backhaul connection.
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