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Nick Johnson, CTO ip.access, wrestles with SUMO

Nick Johnson 2015 150SUMO, Super Multi-Operator Core Network or Super MOCN, is ip.access' new term for a fully featured multi-operator commercial small cell platform. With Enterprise in-building wireless being a hot topic these days, and neutral host/multi-operator support a key factor, Nick shared his insights on the commercial changes needed to achieve success.

 

The rise of IPv6 and implications for Small Cells

IPv6 AspectsIPv6 use doubled during 2015 and now carries around 10% of all Internet traffic with strong adoption in the US and some Asian countries. Other countries lag behind but promise to catch up. Facebook reports performance gains of 15% from it. So will 2016 be the year IPv6 becomes mainstream? And if it does, how will this affect deployment of cellular infrastructure?

 

Urban small cell strategy – Network Suicide or Good Business?

Good or BadIntense speculation around Sprint’s small cell network strategy has included it being termed Network Suicide. Meanwhile, Sprint shares were up almost 20% on the day of their latest earnings report. So does adopting an urban small cell strategy make for good business or signal a downturn? Sprint's large spectrum holdings and lack of fibre/wireline assets are causing a switch to NLoS Wireless backhaul, which affects their choice of RAN architecture to use traditional Small Cell rather than Cloud RAN.

 

What does Free Wi-Fi really mean and is this misleading?

free wifiAmenity Wi-Fi has become an important service for public facing businesses to offer. Hotels, retail stores, even restaurants visibly promote its availability. But there is a plethora of different services on offer, some making for an unpleasant experience. Should service quality be clearly labelled, and will a seamless service prove more popular?

 

Enterprise offers a new revenue stream for equipment vendors

Revenue StreamUntil now, over 99% of cellular equipment sales are made to network operators – those who have bought the rights to access and use licenced spectrum. A few niche opportunities such as cruise liners and defence account for a diverse, interesting but relatively small business sideline. Future mobile network operator capital investment isn't forecast to grow. However building owners and property developers are increasingly prepared to contribute towards in-building systems. How will this new revenue source manifest itself and what are the implications?

 

Unlimited allowances reduce total traffic. Really?

t mobile binge onThere’s been quite a surprising result from T-Mobile USA’s unusual tactic to offer free, unlimited video streaming to its customers. Traffic levels are said to have reduced in some cases, very much counter to intuitive expectations. We ask why, investigate what’s happening and consider some of the wider implications.

 

Verizon CFO switches investment from spectrum to 4G and small cells

verizon wireless logo 150One announcement you may have missed late last year was a statement by Verizon Wireless CFO, Fran Shammo, in response to suggestions that Verizon would run out of capacity due to lack of spectrum. We reported this in our newsletter but wanted to highlight it further. It’s important because it crystallises the medium term investment strategy that we can expect to see worldwide – moving away from just buying more spectrum to using it more efficiently.

 

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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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