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Mobile Phone Networks adapt to homeworking lockdown

CoronavirusHow have mobile phone networks dealt with the demands of the current Covid-19 crisis? Traffic patterns, locations and demands have all changed radically. On the whole, they’ve held up pretty well but there have been a few surprises. Additional insights have been made available about population movement levels, but one area of operations has been severely affected. 

UK 5G Research Funding announced for Rural Small Cell projects

CottageRural areas will benefit from £30 million of new UK Government funding announced recently. Under the guise of encouraging 5G, specific research and development projects have been given the stimulus to trial and evaluate small cell deployments which offer the potential to address the problem of poor rural coverage with the latest technology. Several UK and US companies are involved.

Key players comment on CBRS passing Full Commercial Deployment milestone

CBRS Alliance logoLast week, the FCC formally authorized CBRS for nationwide commercial deployment, opening the doors for a potentially huge new area of wireless service. I spoke with Dave Wright, President of the CBRS Alliance, and Iyad Tarazi, President and CEO Federated Wireless, for inside information about the launch and what we can expect to see in the year ahead.

 

CWTEC: 5G, Massive MIMO and Satellites

CWlogoCambridge Wireless hold an annual event looking forward at wireless technology. This year focussed on three specific topics that are most likely to impact the industry over the coming 3-5 years. Speakers from operators, vendors and researchers outlined their vision for the future.

CBRS commences Initial Commercial Deployment

USmountainpeakAfter much-longer-than-hoped-for delays, CBRS was granted Initial Commercial Deployment approval by the FCC, NTIA and DoD this week. It’s a major step forward for small cells and for independent cellular adoption as a whole. A market leading first for the USA. We consider what this now allows, what’s still to come and implications for the wider marketplace.

5G World, London, 2019

With commercial 5G launches just starting in Europe, this London event provided good focus on the industry state of play. High level speakers from US and Asia helped set the context, supplemented by well known industry analysts. This wasn’t purely about 5G basestation equipment, with exhibitors offering a wide range of services from planning to testing to applications. A celebration of what 5G technology can achieve for sure, highlighting the need for more small cells if true saturated coverage is to be achieved yet still lacking in credible 5G business cases.

Small Cell End of Year Report 2018

ReportCardAs we approach the holiday season, it’s once again time for me (and other analysts) to reflect back on the year gone by, revisit our predictions and make some new ones for the year ahead. CBRS has progressed but will not be commercially deployed until early 2019, still holding much promise. Open Source projects like TIP seem to be gaining momentum, but it remains to be seen if there were be a large breakthrough. Mainstream media continue to hype 5G. Political decisions could affect the market share of major RAN vendors. Business and regulatory issues will set the pace for next year rather than technology development alone.

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    Residential

    Residential

    A significant number of users continue to report poor mobile coverage in their homes. There will always be areas which are uneconomic for mobile operator to reach. They range from rural areas

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    Enterprise

    Enterprise

    The term Enterprise addresses any non-residential in-building including hotels, convention centres, transport hubs, offices, hospitals and retail outlets. It's not just intended for businesses to

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    Urban

    Urban

    Urban small cells (sometimes also named metrocells) are compact and discrete mobile phone basestations, unobstrusively located in urban areas. They can be mounted on lampposts, positioned on the

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    Rural

    Rural

    A rural small cell is a low power mobile phone base station designed to bring mobile phone service to small pockets of population in remote rural areas. These could be hamlets, small villages or

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