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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.

 

CommScope explains how the CBRS SAS marketplace will evolve

Server FarmGoogle and Federated Wireless aren’t the only companies building out CBRS SAS (Spectrum Access System). I spoke with Mark Gibson of CommScope, which is well on track to launch service next year, too. He shared his perspective of the CBRS market, clarified likely timescales as well as how and where we are likely to see it rolled out.

City of London deploy Urban Small Cell Mesh Network

London StreetI visited the City of London, the 1 square mile central business district within the metropolis dominated by international finance and big business. The governing body recently awarded a concession that provides free public Wi-Fi in return for street level small cell sites. Services have been launched after only 28 weeks. I spoke with both City officials and the project manager to appreciate the benefits to all involved.

Parallel Wireless launch 2G GSM using 4G technology

GSMIn a world of ever more sophisticated smartphones, it’s easy to overlook the fact that half of the world rely on GSM for their cellular service. Rather than dying out, in some regions 2G has a long life ahead of it. That’s why Parallel Wireless has added 2G to its solution, primarily to address strong market demand in developing countries.

 

DAS and Small Cells Congress event report November 2017

DAS Congress Europe LogoAlthough primarily a DAS event, this year we heard more talk of Small Cell involvement.  There’s clearly a mismatch between the technical demands from operators and the funding sources available to provide them. No major new product announcements, but good networking and discussion of the issues holding back wider deployment.

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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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