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The dilemma of LTE only vs Multimode Small Cells

Multimode DilemmaLTE’s high performance combined with newly available sub-1GHz frequencies means it reaches places that 2G or 3G often can’t. But where VoLTE isn’t used, voice service suffers. This causes a dilemma over when and how LTE only vs MultiMode 3G/LTE small cells may be rolled out. We try to separate the facts from the myths to discern what steps will be taken on the path toward LTE only products.

Are mobile data prices about to take a tumble?

About to take a tumbleNew Indian network operator Reliance Jio shocked the industry by launching with a price plan of free unlimited national calls and 10 Gbytes of data for just $7.50/month. Their competitors dropped prices to match. But these prices aren’t unique to the country. We compare prices, consider the implications and some other relevant initiatives.

 

SpiderCloud lights up a growing factory site

LightSwitchEnterprise Small Cells are making a huge difference to many businesses and venues where they’ve been installed. Here we take a look at a factory site in New Jersey that had no cellular service. After trying several potential solutions, SpiderCloud’s LTE Enterprise RAN solved the problem. We spoke to their IT Manager, Bob Howe, to learn about his experience and the difference it made.

 

Wireless Small Cell Backhaul – Speed vs flexibility

FlexibilityWhile take-up is slower than originally forecast, the cellular industry is beginning to show signs of densification through urban small cells. One of the constraints has been suitable backhaul, with fibre being strongly preferred but not universally available.  Several wireless backhaul vendors have recently launched higher speed products. We ask if throughput is the most critical factor for adaptable and rapid urban small cell roll out, or more relevant for adjacent markets.

 

VoLTE Roaming – Critical enabler or long term ideal?

roaming phone callVoice roaming, the ability to just switch your mobile on in almost any country and make/receive calls using your own phone number, was a revolutionary invention in the 1990s with GSM. The advent of 3G continued the convenience and added medium speed data. LTE data roaming increased the speed further.

But end-to-end voice roaming using LTE is extremely rare. Will this hold back deployment of LTE only networks including in-building systems at 3.5GHz (CBRS) or 5GHz (MulteFire)? 

 

How much do you think your personal data is worth?

Fotolia 84703119 XSWould you use different network services if it gave you more privacy? While the industry debates the finer points of RF between Wi-Fi and traditional cellular service, perhaps a more significant factor in end-user choice will be related to how their data is shared. We find that consumers are unaware of how much their private data is being shared, while at the same time Internet encryption and security continue to improve.

 

SpiderCloud explains their Enterprise Small Cell architecture choices

amit jain 150Amit Jain, VP Product Management and Marketing for Spidercloud, shared his current views on Enterprise Small Cells in a recent webinar. Here, we summarise the key architecture choices they’ve taken and explain the reasoning behind them when addressing this rapidly evolving marketplace. This includes where an Enterprise Controller is needed, why 3G/LTE remains important and what’s required to support MulteFire and LAA.

 

What is MulteFire?

Multefire color 150pxMulteFire operates 4G LTE technology standalone in licence exempt (unlicensed or shared) spectrum, avoiding the need to acquire and pay for spectrum. Businesses and property owners can buy, install and operate their own MulteFire network in the same way as they do for Wi-Fi. It incorporates LTE functionalitysupporting voice and data, either independently as a private network and/or interworking with existing mobile networks to provide secure, seamless service through a neutral host. Cellular subscribers from any network can roam and make use of MulteFire networks where commercially and technically supported.

 

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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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