London needs 70,000 new cells if long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband is to become a reality in the capital, it has been claimed.
According to Picochip, the installation will be required in order to meet rising demand for mobile services.
The firm has also called for the deployment of 2,000 nodes covering the Underground network by 2015.
Picochip Chief Technology Officer Doug Pulley said that with 70,000 new small cells, there will be minimal traffic congestion on mobile networks.
"With the Olympics just around the corner and the Mayor of London admitting that the networks will struggle to cope, the need for small cells to deliver added coverage and capacity is greater than ever," he stated.
"While Wi-Fi will offer some respite to the network, ultimately London’s population density means that small cells, deployed in the most congested areas, are the only way for the mobile networks to cope with the traffic."
Ofcom is planning to auction off 4G radio spectrum in the UK in the next year, enabling service providers to deliver super-fast mobile broadband services.