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Six ways to achieve multi-operator Small Cells

SharingOne of the biggest barriers preventing widespread adoption of Enterprise small cells is that they are tied to a single network operator. Venues and many enterprises really want connectivity to multiple mobile networks. We explore half a dozen contrasting ways to achieve this, and discuss the pros and cons.

 

SON takes a growing role in Small Cell ecosystem

SON mapSelf-Organising Networks (SON) has been an integral feature of successful small cell deployments, providing rapid self-configuration, on-going optimisation and self-healing in case of outages. It’s maturing, with significant funds raised by independent SON vendors and interworking plugfests being organised by ETSI. We spoke to two independent SON vendors with contrasting approaches to learn about their assessment of the market and how it affects small cell take-up.

 

Node-H explains how an interoperable multi-vendor SON is underway

Paul Bruce 150Paul Bruce, Director of Business Development at Node-H, argues that small cell developers need to reduce barriers to adoption in order for the industry to fulfil its potential. He points to a Small Cell Forum initiative around SON (Self Organising Networks) as an example that demonstrates how the industry can cooperate to create a real multi-vendor marketplace.

Two steps forward, one step back for public Wi-Fi

ForwardsSeveral recent announcements and developments for public Wi-Fi service highlight both success and setbacks. We recap and assess the situation. Why are some succeeding while others fail and how will the forthcoming LAA and MulteFire technologies displace or complement Wi-Fi in the longer term?

CommScope create virtual small cells out of thin air

vedat eyuboglu 150Traditional thinking is that each cell has its own physical base station, and that adding capacity in a cellular network involves creating more cells by installing more base stations. CommScope (who acquired Airvana in October 2015) have developed a technique called Cell Virtualisation, by which they can grow capacity by reusing the same frequencies within a single cell.  We spoke with Vedat Eyuboglu, Small Cells CTO, to understand out how it works.

 

Accelleran foresee huge potential for TD-LTE

Trevor Moore Accelleran 150TD-LTE has had a lot of attention in China (over 300m users) and USA (proposed for the 3.5GHz CBRS band). Trevor Moore, CEO of Belgian small cell vendor Accelleran, notes that many countries already have commercially live independent TD-LTE 3.5GHz services. He explains how these are well positioned to disrupt traditional players through the use of small cells and new business models such as neutral host deployment.

 

M1 Singapore provides seamless service on-board island bus service

singapore busSingapore’s authorities have a vision that all citizens can seamlessly access wireless services on their journey to work, including on public transport. The island’s highly educated and technically literate population place high demands on telecom infrastructure, which acts as a showcase for many innovative technologies. We dug deep to understand how M1 are providing wireless service onboard the bus network, accessible to everybody including visitors, but with differentiating features for their own subscribers.

 

Laying the Foundations of Phase Timing

TimingSyncThis article summarises a webinar on phase timing for small cells presented by Eric Colard of Microsemi. He explained the technical issues around phase, rather than frequency, synchronisation and alternative standard methods to achieve it. He also shared some real world experience from recent trials with operators worldwide.

 

GiLTE – GSM and LTE sharing the same spectrum

cellXica GiLTE graph 150CellXica have come up with an unusual concept, running both LTE and GSM simultaneously in the same spectrum band. While immediately migrating mobile networks to the much more efficient, faster and capable LTE technology would be considered ideal, support for legacy handsets using the baseline GSM technology embedded in almost all devices is necessary and more realistic. We investigate and consider the potential.

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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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