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When the tsunami disaster hit Japan a couple of years back, mobile coverage was restored within hours to aid the emergency response, despite terrible loss of life and total devastation over large areas. This was done by deploying small cells in minivans, each with an extendable antenna and using satellite for backhaul. Low power consumption (from the vehicle), backhaul flexibility and self-configuration made this possible. A separate effort involved setting-up a network of generator-powered phone charging stations so that people could continue to use their mobiles.
Small cells will combine with public WiFi hotspots
A new type of small cell hotspot that combines 3G(HSPA)/LTE/WiFi is emerging. Because they run femtocell-derived software they can use abundant fixed broadband resources for backhaul. Ref yesterday's announcement from Ubiquisys and Texas Instruments (www.ubiquisys.com)
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