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KUMU aim to bypass urban small cell backhaul

KUMU NetworksHow do you introduce really innovative new wireless technology into a well-established ecosystem without needing to rip-and-replace billions of dollars of infrastructure? KUMU Networks reckon they have come up not only a radical method to double network capacity, but also a novel approach on how to introduce it efficiently.

 

Interview with Dr Derek Peterson, CTO Boingo Wireless

Derek Peterson Boingo 150I confess I had the wrong impression of Boingo Wireless, who I thought were exclusively involved only in Wi-Fi aggregation and service provision. They also have a substantial and growing business installing and managing wireless services for many large venues and enterprises using a mix of DAS, Wi-Fi and small cell technology. I spoke with Dr. Derek Peterson, their CTO, who told me how they select the most appropriate access technologies, where they add value to the venue owner and why some aspects of their solution have needed to be developed in-house.

 

Billing for LTE and Wi-Fi on Small Cells

Mobile phone data chargesMost of the debate about LAA (Licenced Assisted Access) vs Wi-Fi focuses on the technical RF aspects. We ask whether anyone has thought about how to price such a service, discuss the issues and suggest a way forward.

 

TalkTalk's Inside-Out LTE femtocell

Martin Wren Hilton TalkTalkMartin Wren-Hilton tells me he's never had so much fun. His job as Head of Mobile Innovation at TalkTalk is to figure out how to squeeze a high quality mobile network service from a slither of previously unused spectrum. He presented at MWC on what's involved, their test results to date and how it could evolve.

 

Mobile World Congress 2015 - Small Cell Report

MWC 2015 logoSwimming with the tide of 93,000 delegates attending MWC this year, it was easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer scale and breadth of the event. It also felt that the industry agenda is no longer driven by mobile network operators, who are themselves being overwhelmed and/or overtaken by the much wider ecosystem that they enable. A huge array of wireless enabled products and services were on show, some of which seemed only marginally related to cellular. The lines are blurring and you can't retain a silo mentality. This report tries to focus on small cells but inevitably spills over to related topics.

What to see about Small Cells at Mobile World Congress 2015

MWC 2015 logoAround 85,000 delegates, exhibitors and press will be heading towards Barcelona for next week's Mobile World Congress. For those with interests in Small Cells, we've picked out a few topics you might want to keep a lookout for based on past experience and the latest press announcements.

Operator Mergers, Acquisitions and Small Cells

Mergers and AcquisitionsThe telecom industry seems to be going through a period of consolidation, with substantial mergers and acquisitions activity seen in many continents. We consider how the deployment of Small Cells and other RAN technologies affect such moves, and look at whether a small cell deployment would be an advantage or not in such cases.

 

Three case studies for small cell and C-RAN urban backhaul

fibre optic cableWhile most of the industry agrees we'll need many more and smaller cellsites in our urban streets, three competing approaches include Urban small cells, Cloud-RAN (C-RAN) and Outdoor DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems). We talked to three different backhaul and fronthaul service providers seeking to address this market, contrasting their approach and learning what's on offer today.

 

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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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