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Mesh Wi-Fi set to revolutionise Home Wi-Fi

Mesh Wireless50% of calls to complain about residential broadband relate to poor in-home Wi-Fi. The industry has responded with Wi-Fi access points that co-ordinate between themselves, wired or wirelessly, and many new products are coming to market. These dramatically improve performance towards that found from more costly Enterprise Wi-Fi solutions. How do these work, what do they cost and what are the longer term implications.

Europe plans for CBRS style shared spectrum in 2.3GHz band

Shared SpectrumCBRS is a US scheme that dynamically allocates 3.5GHz spectrum on demand to anyone, such as a building owner, for their exclusive use. A similar scheme is being developed by ETSI for use in Europe in the 2.3 and 2.4GHz band. Both have huge potential for standalone or neutral host small cell networks, and incorporate strategies to avoid incumbent users being disadvantaged.

VRWC Virtual Reality World Congress 2017 Event Report

VRWC logoWe often hear that video and virtual reality will drive huge growth in mobile data consumption. It’s a major theme for 5G. So last week I attended Virtual Reality World Congress to find out what all the fuss is about. It helped me clarify the differences in several immersive video technologies, realise that the majority of opportunities are business-related rather than purely for pleasure and that super low latency/super fast broadband aren't mandatory for all applications.

 

Internet of Things and Small Cells

Internet of ThingsThere are several competing standards for ubiquitous wireless connection of the Internet of Things, including two specific to LTE alone. Operators are actively deploying both on a nationwide basis. We summarise what these are, review their commercial status and consider the implications.

 

Iyad Tarazi, CEO Federated Wireless, roadmaps CBRS 2017 launch

Iyad Tarazi Federated WirelessIyad Tarazi, CEO of Federated Wireless, knows a thing or two about Small Cells. In 2007 when at Sprint, he launched the world’s first residential femtocell service (Airave) that has seen millions of units deployed throughout the US. He explained to me how he has helped shape the CBRS ecosystem, what part Federated Wireless plays in it, and predicts the timeline for deployment.

 

Which industry verticals will adopt small cells first?

Pie ChartWhile it’s easy to split the small cell market into indoor and outdoor, there are many different industry market sectors each with their own specific requirements and timescales. Which ones would benefit most from improved wireless communications as part of their digitization transformation and which are most likely to be demanding more from their wireless communications?

RSRF pioneer in-building DAS driven by Enterprise femtocells

sina khanifar rsrfWe’ve heard of some installers/system integrators combining small cells with simpler DAS systems to achieve full multi-operator service. I spoke with Sina Khanifar of RSRF, a US company that’s been doing exactly that. He shared some insights and real-world experience that you might not get from operators or product vendors.

Vodafone Netherlands launch first commercial MEC small cell solution

Gopikrishna NECIf I’m honest, Mobile Edge Computing has seemed to me up to now to be a somewhat academic exercise. But this month sees a full commercial launch by Vodafone Netherlands of a comprehensive and tightly integrated solution. I spoke with NEC’s Yogarajah Gopikrishna, Head of Engineering and Strategy at NEC Europe, who developed and integrated the system based on SpiderCloud E-RAN small cells and their Service Node MEC server.

Discrete levels of inband and out of band small cell backhaul

LTE RelayIt used to be simple. Almost all cellular basestations were connected by separate backhaul connections that didn’t use any precious cellular spectrum, whether fibre, copper, point-to-multipoint wireless, point-to-point wireless or satellite. There were a few scenarios which used repeaters. More recently we’ve seen LTE relay and other technologies come into play for outdoor small cells. Here we look at several different levels of inband and out of band small cell 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 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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