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Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 132910, tabled on 30 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy, updated on 7 December 2020 and its focus on the RAN macro cell market. what assessment he has made of the importance of small cells for 5G.

Answered on

11 January 2021

In the longer term small cells will be a key part of 5G roll out, supporting the ‘densification’ of networks and enabling the high capacity, high reliability and low latency properties of 5G, primarily in urban areas. However, small cells will not replace the need for macro cells in the network, and will instead complement the higher capacity, mobility and power requirements for macro cells.

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