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Verizon claims small cell leadership in US, but siting barriers remain high

At last, small cell deployments are at the center of operators’ roadmaps as they look to add significant capacity and indoor coverage to their LTE networks even before they move towards 5G. That means that calls for more help in breaking down the barriers to acquiring and managing huge numbers of cell sites are growing louder. This trend is only in its very early days, and the patterns are regionally very varied. While a few markets, notably Japan and Korea, already have significant densification programs, the biggest growth will be seen in the US, India and China during 2017. No surprise, then, that the calls for streamlined siting processes and better cooperation between stakeholders are largest in those markets, especially…

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