Connect Maryland Today

Small Cells:
The Right Solution

We've heard you loud and clear.

Our customers want to download content faster, stream movies with amazing quality, stay connected with friends and family, and have greater control of their home — even when they are not there. This is why we’re making sure our network is the best for our customers and our community.

And, the proof is in the data — usage that is. Data traffic on AT&T’s mobile network has grown more than 470,000% since 2007. As streaming video online increases and new apps and services are introduced, this growth in data use will only continue to rise.

So, what's the solution?

Just as roads help you get from work to home, wireless networks get you from person to person. All networks require routine maintenance and upgrades to prevent congestion. Whether on the road or a network, nobody likes a traffic jam. Small cells can help.

Small cells bring wireless facilities closer together so the network can use spectrum more efficiently. This can bring you:

  • Faster, better wireless internet
  • More network capacity for things like streaming music or videos.
  • Improve your experience in places like urban centers where cell sites may not be the best solution.

Tell me more.

The size and flexibility of small cells helps AT&T target areas needing additional capacity in a way that is low profile and unobtrusive.

Depending on the need, small cells can be placed inside buildings or outdoors. When placed outdoors, they can be attached to existing utility poles, light poles, traffic lights or exterior walls of buildings. And indoors, small cells can be placed above ceiling tiles or attached to drop ceiling mounts.

Small cells will allow us to provide a better mobile LTE experience today, while also allowing us to prepare for the technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities and new developments in the Internet of Things (IoT).

How do you determine if a small cell is the right solution for an area?

We are constantly monitoring and testing our network performance to see where it needs improvement the most to keep up with local demand.

If we identify any performance challenges, we then look at cost, flexibility, and scalability to determine if small cells are the right fit.

We also work closely with government officials and community leaders so that we adhere to local zoning and permitting restrictions.

Did you know that local officials and leaders can help accelerate the arrival of enhanced mobile network coverage and capacity for their communities by adopting streamlined permitting processes and fair terms for small cell deployment?

What do you need from me?

We’ve been working with state and local leaders in Maryland to come up with the best ways to give communities access to the wireless services they want and need — from smart cities solutions to education to healthcare to entertainment and much more.