These setups consist of a Nokia Mini Macro 2.5 eNB pole mounted on a macro site connected to sector antennas. Each mini macro is capable of up to 40 MHz of total LTE spectrum for 20+20 B41 carrier aggregation and are now being utilized to bring 2.5 on air if 8T8R equipment is unavailable or does not make monetary sense.
Nokia Mini Macro 2.5 Triband Antenna on Ericsson NV Macro
(note decaport triband antenna & Nokia Mini Macro)
Nokia Mini Macro 2.5 on Ericsson NV Macro
(note 2 coax rf jumpers coming off the top of the eNB)
I am extremely pro-merger. I would have rather 3 very good networks than two good networks and 2 hit and miss networks, even if prices go up(this isnt a for sure thing). Further, with the amount of spectrum the new company would have (and hopefully the capital to deploy it!) They could compete against traditional fixed line broadband, a plan masa aluded to last time he attempted to merge the two companies.
The low end of the market can be served by MVNOs.
Remember this is a capital intensive business, which means the market is better served by fewer players with larger scale and there is another round of massive capital expenditures right around the corner.