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What is MulteFire?

Multefire color 150pxMulteFire operates 4G LTE technology standalone in licence exempt (unlicensed or shared) spectrum, avoiding the need to acquire and pay for spectrum. Businesses and property owners can buy, install and operate their own MulteFire network in the same way as they do for Wi-Fi. It incorporates LTE functionalitysupporting voice and data, either independently as a private network and/or interworking with existing mobile networks to provide secure, seamless service through a neutral host. Cellular subscribers from any network can roam and make use of MulteFire networks where commercially and technically supported.

 

New spectrum alone won’t solve remote coverage issues

Rural Road RainbowHaving visited the sparsely populated north of Scotland a few months ago, I saw clear evidence of poor cellular service as perceived by the local community. As with many countries, the UK suffers from limited coverage in more rural areas. Deploying new spectrum may seem to be a quick fix, and may satisfy regulators, but might not answer the whole problem.

 

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.

 

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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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