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Airspan squeeze high system performance from urban small cells

Paul Senior Airspan 150Airspan Networks are one of the few independent vendors to have focussed on LTE rural and urban small cells for some years. Has their time finally come? We spoke with Paul Senior, CTO, who has come up with some novel techniques to squeeze the highest spectral performance out of standard urban small cells using only standard Ethernet backhaul.

 

Planning networks with a holistic view across Cellular and Wi-Fi

wifi iconWi-Fi, both Carrier grade and best effort, is becoming a more integral part of overall wireless experience from cellular networks. We consider what metrics and tools network planners can use to determine overall network performance, and ensure the best experience from the mix of assets and connection types available.

 

Managing Large Scale Small Cell Deployments

large crowdTwo companies have independently raised the profile of how to manage truly large scale small cell deployments. Some issues aren't so apparent with smaller or trial sized rollouts. I spoke with experts from Airvana and XcellAir to learn about some of characteristics required and potential future features foreseen as small cells become more widespread and they more closely interwork with Carrier Wi-Fi.

KUMU aim to bypass urban small cell backhaul

KUMU NetworksHow do you introduce really innovative new wireless technology into a well-established ecosystem without needing to rip-and-replace billions of dollars of infrastructure? KUMU Networks reckon they have come up not only a radical method to double network capacity, but also a novel approach on how to introduce it efficiently.

 

Interview with Dr Derek Peterson, CTO Boingo Wireless

Derek Peterson Boingo 150I confess I had the wrong impression of Boingo Wireless, who I thought were exclusively involved only in Wi-Fi aggregation and service provision. They also have a substantial and growing business installing and managing wireless services for many large venues and enterprises using a mix of DAS, Wi-Fi and small cell technology. I spoke with Dr. Derek Peterson, their CTO, who told me how they select the most appropriate access technologies, where they add value to the venue owner and why some aspects of their solution have needed to be developed in-house.

 

Billing for LTE and Wi-Fi on Small Cells

Mobile phone data chargesMost of the debate about LAA (Licenced Assisted Access) vs Wi-Fi focuses on the technical RF aspects. We ask whether anyone has thought about how to price such a service, discuss the issues and suggest a way forward.

 

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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

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    Metrocells

    Metrocells

    Metrocells are compact and discrete mobile phone basestations, unobstrusively located in urban areas. They can be mounted on lampposts, positioned on the sides of buildings or found indoors in

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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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