Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited (HFCL) has collaborated with Qualcomm Technologies for HFCL’s design and development of 5G outdoor small cell products. In continuation with its 5G strategy, HFCL’s investment in 5G outdoor small cell products will enable faster rollout of 5G networks, improved 5G user experience and more efficient utilisation of 5G spectrum.

Small cells will play a critical role in 5G networks due to the introduction of higher spectrum bands, which necessitate denser network deployments to support larger traffic volumes. Small cell deployments help to enhance coverage in places where existing macro cells have coverage holes or blackspots, or where coverage does not exist at all. In addition, small cells provide capacity enhancements by offloading traffic from macro cells in densely occupied locations.

HFCL’s 5G outdoor small cell is an all-in-one small cell and supports both 5G non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) mode. It supports flexible deployment options and can be deployed on street poles, walls of buildings and on rooftops to cover traffic hotspots, fill network coverage holes and also to improve the coverage at public venues like railway-station, stadiums and airports.

HFCL’s 5G outdoor small cell leverages some of the innovative features of the Qualcomm FSM 200xx 5G RAN Platform for Small Cells to achieve compact form factor, power-efficient operation, spatial multiplexing and multigigabit throughputs for a ubiquitous 5G experience.

Fortune Business Insights forecasts worldwide 5G small cell market will increase from $740 million in 2020 to $17.9 billion by 2028 at a compound annual growth rate of 54.4 per cent.

Commenting on the collaboration, Mahendra Nahata, managing director, HFCL, said, “Qualcomm Technologies is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator, and we are very pleased to be working with them on 5G small cell. As operators start rolling out 5G networks in India, they need outdoor small cells to complement their macro networks for a seamless 5G experience. Qualcomm Technologies’ innovative and highly integrated 5G small cell platform enables us to more quickly develop a portfolio of small cell products for both sub-6 GHz and millimetre wave to address India and global markets.”

Meanwhile, Rajen Vagadia, vice president, Qualcomm India Private Limited and president, Qualcomm India and SAARC, said, “As 5G becomes mainstream in India, small cells will be crucial for successful 5G infrastructure and realising the potential of internet of things (IoT) and smart cities. Qualcomm Technologies is committed to supporting and accelerating India’s 5G journey, and we are pleased to be working closely with an industry leader such as HFCL to enhance network densification, accelerate 5G adoption and deliver unparalleled consumer experiences in India.”