ALERT

[FREE DEMO] Deploy Your Enterprise Cloud in Minutes

Picocell

Definition - What does Picocell mean?

A picocell is a small cellular base station (BS) that is an alternative to a repeater or distributed antenna system. It is used to extend wireless services to building interiors or other areas that cannot be reached by networks that serve larger cell towers. It is also useful in securing voice and data connectivity to smaller interior areas.

Picocells range in size from a laptop computer to an entire room or space. An example is the size of a large suitcase.

Techopedia explains Picocell

Various types of telecom networks use picocells to provide services to more users. In a way, these setups are like the local area networks (LAN) served by individual wireless routers, where a picocell station takes a signal from a larger network and distributes it to a very local range.

Picocells are maintained and operated by a larger network provider, whereas femtocells are often designed to operate more autonomously when getting local feedback for radio frequency and protocol evaluation. Both types of small network extenders are emerging as commonly used components in the telecom IT industry.

Techopedia Deals

Connect with us

Techopedia on Linkedin
Techopedia on Linkedin
Tweat cdn.techopedia.com
"Techopedia" on Twitter


'@Techopedia'
Sign up for Techopedia's Free Newsletter!

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

Resources
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th...
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the...
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.