Think of how often you rely on the connection of your smartphone, tablet, or any other mobile device for that matter on a daily basis. Whether you are on-the-go or in the privacy of your own home, having always-on access is a luxury we have certainly become accustomed to.

However, a large percentage of mobile users may not be aware of how the rapid user adoption of these devices has caused a massive strain on mobile operators to continuously provide the necessary capacity and coverage as mobile data overwhelms and taxes wireless networks.

IP communications provider Taqua (News - Alert), recognized the demand for mobile backhaul early on, leading them to add small cell solutions to its already impressive portfolio of mobile solutions.

The small cell solution offered by Taqua enables mobile operators’ femtocell strategies to deliver a higher level of coverage extension in either pre-IMS or IMS environments, which allows mobile operators to deploy IP/SIP based femtocell devices in exiting and mobile networks. With Taqua’s small cell network, operators can also provide triple and quadruple bundling while at the same time reducing network costs using IP networks and reducing load on the mobile core network.

The Taqua W-Series of Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) Backhaul Systems provides connectivity to any vendor's small cell. Each small cell site is connected to a Taqua Remote Backhaul Module via a standard Ethernet connection. Licensed but underutilized and inexpensive, unpaired spectrum is used for the communication link between the Taqua remote backhaul module and the hub backhaul module, according to the company.

Taqua’s small cell offerings allow taxed mobile operators to reach untapped markets, a very appealing selling point for any provider. In fact, a recent Informa study notes that over 80 percent of mobile operators are interested in small cells and satellite-based backhaul solutions for this exact reason.

The research revealed that a solution combining the two technologies offers an affordable way for mobile operators to improve their services and expand into underserved markets.

Small cells that are easy to deploy and cost less are increasingly replacing macrocells as a preferred technology among mobile operators. According to the study, nearly 90 percent of survey respondents said that small cells would be important for reaching the next 1 billion subscribers, and almost 47 percent of respondents believe small cells are a preferable solution to traditional 2G or 3G macrocells for rural expansion.

For more information on Taqua’s small cell offerings visit the company’s website.

Edited by Juliana Kenny