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Small Cells advertising instant available capacity

More or Less.pngWith the majority of cellular traffic today being video, managing that bandwidth efficiently can both save considerable CAPEX investment and deliver a better quality of service to users. It’s better to stream at a consistent slower data rate than stuttering. Youtube, Google and Nokia propose a technical solution through IETF rather than 3GPP to address the issue.

 

SpiderCloud promotes a diet of Labour Sandwiches

sandwichWhat skillsets are really required for a cost-effective high-quality Enterprise Small Cell deployment. Is it the low cost, simpler Wi-Fi approach or the complex and costly RF engineering used for many DAS deployments? Art King, Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies at SpiderCloud, promotes a complementary mix which he describes as a Labour Sandwich.

 

Case Study: Expanding LTE to 3G/LTE Multimode Small Cell Solution

Case StudyThere are several 3G only small cell products, and quite a few LTE only ones. But today’s market requirement in many regions for small cells is for multi-mode 3G/LTE. Here we describe how one vendor approached the task of expanding the scope of their solution to match that requirement, shortening development timescale, cost and risk by building it using mature 3rd party software.

 

5GWorld 2016 Event Report

5G WorldWhen Informa told me they were rebranding their popular LTE World Series into 5GWorld, I wondered if this was perhaps too early. However this first event, held in London, retained tracks discussing today’s practical issues alongside showcasing emerging 5G technology.

 

Future of Wireless 2016 Conference Report

FWIC logo 2016This UK annual event attracts a wide range of participants who ponder the future direction and wider issues affecting our industry. Perhaps it needs renaming because its much more about applications and use rather than wireless technology discussion, but it helps avoids the myopia which can overwhelm those who only mix with their peers.

 

Small Cells for quality of service first, network capacity later

Quality ControlThe general consensus has been that Small Cells were used either to solve poor coverage issues (especially indoor) – so called not-spots – or to add capacity. A third reason is becoming visible today – improving Quality of Service and customer satisfaction. CTOs from European operators explained their logic at recent public conferences.

 

Building Urban Small Cell backhaul suitable for 5G

Highway constructionI’ve heard from several sources the idea that when building out LTE Urban Small Cells, the backhaul design should be adequate to cope with future demands of 5G. For some that means dark fibre, for most it means high cost, delay and even makes it impractical. It can involve heavy machinery, trenching and even road closure for even the smallest of sites. Is this a sensible strategy to take from the outset?

 

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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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