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Could Small Cells drive up property values?

Property ValueProperty values, both for sale and rental, are becoming more widely affected by the quality of telecommunications service available, across both fixed/mobile and voice/data. We can see growing examples where house prices and office rental value are specifically driven downwards by poor connectivity. We sense a change of attitude by building owners and businesses who are increasingly prepared to fund their own in-building wireless systems. The reason is simple - it enhances their asset value. But are mobile network operators ready to rise to this challenge and embrace the change?

 

Wi-Fi Calling – Ready for prime-time or still in its infancy?

smartphone access pointWi-Fi Calling provides seamless access to mobile voice and is now incorporated into several popular smartphones. The intention is that users should not even be aware they are using it. But the chance of a dropped or poor quality call is higher and is holding back wider deployment. We consider the issues and look at some alternative architectures that propose a way around the technical problems.

 

SCF Open Workshop on LAA/LTE-U/LWA

LAA LTE UFollowing on from this week’s Small Cell World Summit, the Small Cell Forum hosted an open event where several leading analysts discussed their views on proposed use of unlicensed spectrum alongside or with LTE. The main options were explained and views exchanged, mostly oriented with a technical focus to enable better-educated debate on their relevance and value to the industry.

 

Small Cell World Summit 2015 Event Report

Small Cell World Summit 2015As the great and good assembled for this year’s Small Cell World Summit, there seemed to be a little despondency which contrasted with the recent upbeat WBA Wi-Fi event. Was this because attendance didn’t grow as before, the somewhat impersonal/industrial venue, the clash with IEEE event next door, the somewhat unstructured/unbalanced conference agenda, a wider and more complex scope, or simply because the industry has moved on to the next stage of maturity?

Small Cell Forum become virtual and paint HetNet roadmap

smallcellforumAs Small Cell Forum Chairman Alan Law produced their latest document release 5.1 today, focussed on RAN Virtualisation, he also revealed a wider revised remit along with an updated mission statement and tagline. Have the Forum lost their initial niche focus or simply adapted to the wider industry trends?

Nextivity anticipate split market share between Boosters, Wi-Fi Calling and Small Cells

werner sievers nextivityWith all the current hype around Wi-Fi Calling, it's important to remember this isn't the only competing technology for small cells to address in-building coverage blackspots. Repeater and Smart Booster technology is also evolving rapidly, matching multi-technology and multi-band capabilities of the radio network. I spoke with Werner Sievers, CEO of Nextivity, to get another perspective on industry evolution.

 

Alternative ways to synchronise Urban Small Cells

TimingSyncUrban small cells, especially LTE ones, need tight timing synchronisation to ensure they work well together with the macrocell layer. GPS is a popular method but may not be entirely reliable in urban canyons. We look at alternative methods around this problem.

 

Wi-Fi Global Congress 2015

WBA Global CongressAlthough organised by the WBA, the scope of this event is much wider than just Wi-Fi Roaming (perhaps too much so) and discussed many aspects of Carrier Wi-Fi. Growing membership of the WBA was also reflected in a higher turnout. Very lively debate on LAA, good networking and market update made this a worthwhile event to attend.

 

Interview with Syed Ali, Co-Founder and CEO, Cavium

Syed Ali CaviumCavium’s CEO reckons they’ve got silicon that covers all the architecture options for small cells and Cloud RAN. They’ve even proposed a new middle ground with smarter radio heads. He shares opinions on timescales, architectures and equipment vendors.

 

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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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