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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.

 

Enterprise Small Cell Security – Opportunity or Threat?

Security ThreatSecurity threats such as cryptolocker, denial of service attacks and interception are increasing concerns to end users, IT managers and network operators alike. We take a look at security threats specific to Enterprise small cells and how vendors are designing their systems with inherent, built-in protection.

The three market sectors for small cell chipsets

femtocell chipsetPowerful chipsets developed for use in Small Cells have evolved dramatically over recent years, as have those for macrocells. Clear market segmentation is evolving associates specific silicon vendors to the different system architectures. We look at how these critical components are shaping up for the future.

 

Delivering faster Enterprise Small Cell backhaul over CAT5e Cables

NBASE TData rates are getting faster all the time. Enterprise Wi-Fi and Small Cells typically use 1Gbps Ethernet backhaul over standard Cat5e cable, but that's insufficient for the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE-U small cells. Aquantia has designed chips that achieve up to 5Gbps over existing cable, using a new technology called NBASE-T which should be more than enough to meet demand. Commercial products are already available although standards have still to catch up.

Mike Cronin, CEO Node-H, foresees Enterprise small cells expanding

Mike Cronin Node HMike Cronin, CEO of Node-H, has been involved with small cells since their inception, actively participating in the Small Cell Forum and visible at many conferences. His company supply the complete software stack for residential and enterprise small cells, both 3G and LTE, now embedded in over a million units worldwide. He comments on market direction, differentiates indoor from outdoor and covers topics including LAA, VoWiFi, TD-LTE, SON and Virtualisation.

 

Link Aggregation for Wi-Fi and Cellular Small Cells

AggregationAggregation is being used to meet demand for faster data rates, by combining multiple channels at different frequencies and even different radio technologies. LTE, Wi-Fi and LTE using Wi-Fi spectrum are all actively being developed. We look at the options on offer and consider the tradeoffs.

 

Real Wireless and Airvana prove Enterprise Cloud RAN can cost less than DAS

Josh Adelson Airvana 150Large enterprises and venues have traditionally installed Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) for in-building cellular service. A new independent study commissioned by Airvana has determined that small cell systems offer a lower cost, even for multi-operator scenarios. We spoke with Josh Adelson, Airvana's Director of Product Marketing, for more insight.

 

Airspan squeeze high system performance from urban small cells

Paul Senior Airspan 150Airspan Networks are one of the few independent vendors to have focussed on LTE rural and urban small cells for some years. Has their time finally come? We spoke with Paul Senior, CTO, who has come up with some novel techniques to squeeze the highest spectral performance out of standard urban small cells using only standard Ethernet backhaul.

 

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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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