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Enterprise small cells


an essential deployment guide for IT
A simple guide to deploying small cells
in small to medium offices and warehouses

Key development steps

Small cell enterprise network rollout


has become considerably simpler,
cheaper and quicker than building
macro cellular networks and compares
to the ease of Wi-Fi rollouts.

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Enterprise small cells an essential deployment guide for IT

Enterprise small cells an essential deployment guide for IT

Ease factor: Simple


Takes no more than 2 hours

Ease factor: Bring in your deployment teams


Takes no more than 1 week

Ease factor: Its not rocket science.


Can be accomplished at the same time as the survey

1. Survey

Introduction

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Enterprise small cells an essential deployment guide for IT

2. Design

A Who is going to use your small cell


network and how will they use it?
End-users and functions.

A Identify success metrics


eg. capacity, signal coverage,
data throughput per floor area.

B What are the coverage and capacity


requirements? Weigh them up.

Wi-Fi

3G

4G

Good design =
great network
performance and
user satisfaction

Install
Maintain

C Whats already in place that we need


to consider? Take the Walk Test.
D What are the physical parameters to
plan around? Map it out.

A Installation
Mount small cells
according to the
design plan and
connect with power
and backhaul network.

B Establish available / required


backhaul capacity.
LTE

Design

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and mitigates potential


interference with the
existing macro network.

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d e sig n ca n of te e li n e.
a d e sig n g u id

C Experiment with placement and


numbers of small cells using a Portable
Design tool to visualize the desired
balance of coverage, data throughput
and capacity. Document your design
and store it for future use.

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Access to

power

Security

D Plan connectivity to the


external backhaul network
cabling, network
equipment.

Ease factor: Centrally-stored documentation;


simple technology upgrading and scalability.

3. Build

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B Commissioning
Power up and activate
small cells according
to vendor-specific
implementation and
the wireless carriers
requirements and
back-end systems.

Enterprise small cells an essential deployment guide for IT

4. Maintain
C Acceptance
Test the small cell network to
validate functionality and
performance.

Test:

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Treat enterprise small cells like


a Wi-Fi network:

Do NOTHING!

Don't switch anything off.


From time-to-time your
service provider might drop by
with a technology upgrade.

Otherwise just enjoy!

Summary
Small cell enterprise networks help close the shortfall in coverage and capacity
experienced by many businesses and organisations. DEPLOY TODAY

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