We’re committed to deploying more than 40,000 small cells by the end of 2015 as part of Project Velocity IP (VIP). Why? Two reasons: the continued surge in mobile data demand and the finite nature of spectrum resources.
To address this, we’re turning to small cell technology as a key solution to provide customers with the highest quality service. Small cells are low-power radio access nodes that improve coverage, capacity and quality.
A recent technology developed by AT&T Labs is helping us deliver on our small cell rollout. Our scientists and engineers knew we had to explore the science behind the service before we could effectively deploy small cells within our network. That led them to create the HetNet Analysis and Resource Planning (HARP) tool. This AT&T-proprietary technology uses state-of-the-art radio propagation and mathematical programming models to determine optimal locations to place small cells, allowing us to more quickly and efficiently deploy them.