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What to look out for at Mobile World Congress 2018

MWC 2017Like most analysts, my “dance card”/schedule is filling up with prearranged meetings, my inbox is filling up with press releases and my phone is ringing with calls about all sorts of new developments. If you plan to attend Mobile World Congress yourself, or just monitor remotely, here are a few high level areas to keep in mind from a Small Cell perspective.

SpiderCloud engineers a comprehensive LAA enterprise small cell solution

spidercloud logo largeOver the past year, LAA development has quietly matured with several commercial network launches around the world. Offering superfast Gigabit data rates, the technology is ready to be rolled out in-building. We review the current state of the ecosystem and share some insights from SpiderCloud who have been an early pioneer of the technology.

Four ways of fairly sharing CBRS small cells

Fair SharingThere is a promised nirvana from installing a single set of CBRS small cells in a building where everybody can seamlessly access cellular service at much higher performance and lower cost. But this involves sharing the available capacity. We explore four different options to achieve that and discuss some of the implications.

The growing variety of free cellular market forecasts

Market ReportsAlongside paid industry analyst reports, there has been an increasing number of freely available cellular industry activity reports with five year forecasts published by major vendors and industry associations. There's a mixture of detailed statistics, differing interpretations and somewhat biassed perspectives. We offer a guided tour highlighting key attributes.

Huawei say now is the time to Build 5G-Oriented Digital Indoor Networks

Huawei logo 140Huawei are already looking ahead at the evolution of 5G for in-building services, where 90% of wireless data is consumed. Here we can expect 100Mbps data rates, and identify the technologies and stepping stones towards that nirvana. They also foresee that in-building systems will support both low and high band 5G alongside existing 4G and earlier generation technologies.

 

David Orloff, Chairman Small Cell Forum, outlines future direction towards 5G

SCF Logo 10yr 2017 RGBLast month saw the Small Cell Forum issue yet another tranche of documentation and celebrated it's own 10 year anniversary. We asked David Orloff, Chairman for the past year, what to expect from the organisation in the future. He’s looking 10 years out towards a time with extensive 4G and 5G densification, strong industry collaboration through partnerships and substantial small cell take-up.

 

Small Cell End of Year Report 2017

ReportCardAs we approach the holiday season, it’s once again time for me (and other analysts) to reflect back on the year gone by, revisit our predictions and make some new ones for the year ahead. Progress in each of the main four sectors of small cells has been quite different. There has been much hype and distraction from 5G alongside much promise for 2018 from CBRS. Equipment vendors are under more financial pressure, both large and small, and we've seen several acquisitions. The larger vendors have all become more visible with Small Cell solutions. Business and regulatory issues have set the pace rather than technology development alone.

CW Seminar – DAS and Enterprise Small Cells – Competition or Collaboration

CW logoI helped organise and chair another successful Cambridge Wireless Small Cell SIG event, this time looking at whether DAS and Enterprise Small Cells were competitors or complimentary.

Hosted by Huawei at their UK Headquarters in Reading, the event was a sellout with over 80 registrations. This style of event is very popular, attracting mostly UK industry participants including vendors, system integrators and property developers. Networking opportunities are good, partly because of the event size and partly down to the pragmatic type of delegate. It’s less about marketing gloss and more about addressing the issues.

 

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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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