Huawei to install low-power antennas in JCDecaux bus shelters
Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei will be able to expand its network coverage. It has just signed an agreement with the external communication media company JCDecaux. The object of this agreement? Be able to install small antennas of low transmission power, called small cells, on some of the equipment (shelters, display panels, Morris columns, etc.).
Huawei could thus allow its customers – the telecom operators – to improve mobile coverage on 3G and 4G networks. This is to allow operators’ customers to better receive the network in town.
JCDecaux notes that: “The sites hosting traditional macro-cells and relay antennas are no longer suitable to cope with the increasing volumes of data due to insufficient signal penetration, a low” signal to noise “ratio, too complex structures as well as high construction and operating costs ”in plain language, the current antenna equipment is not sufficient to meet demand.
Clearly, current antenna equipment is not sufficient to meet demand and “small cell” antennas are a solution to this problem. In this context, Huawei – 2.46 billion euros in net profit in 2013 – gradually joined forces with media owners in order to be able to set up these small branches in cities, in urban facilities.
Now that this general agreement is official, local Huawei representatives will individually negotiate partnerships with JCDecaux.
For its part, JCDecaux is making this agreement part of an overall strategy of partnerships with network operators. He had already signed with Alcatel-Lucent in September.
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