Corning Community College, a two-year college located in Corning, N.Y., is the first college campus in the nation to deploy outdoor small cell technology from Verizon Wireless. The recently installed small cell units will increase 4G LTE coverage in high-trafficked areas on campus, improving both data performance and indoor coverage.
Small cells are part of Verizon Wireless’ strategy to stay ahead of the growing demand for mobile data. According to Cisco, global mobile data traffic will increase 13-fold between 2012 and 2017. With demand increasing, staying ahead by boosting capacity is vital. One solution is the installation of small cell technology in high-usage areas. In addition to college campuses, Verizon Wireless plans to use small cells to improve coverage in heavily-trafficked areas, including malls, business districts and stadiums.
Small cells are smaller than conventional cell towers, ranging in size from a cooler to a small fridge, and cover a smaller area. By strategically positioning these small units, Verizon Wireless is able to enhance its coverage in select areas within its existing coverage footprint. Small cells, as currently deployed by Verizon Wireless, improve data transmission (e.g., texting, email, Web browsing) for the company’s customers and other wireless customers who roam the Verizon Wireless network.