Should Small Cell rollout be driven only from the RAN department?

Bright IdeaBasestation planning, deployment, upgrade and optimisation have always been the remit of the operations department. Highly skilled professionals with budgets in the hundreds of millions or billions per year determine the best ways to invest in the growth of network quality and quantity. Tactical decisions about where/when/what to deploy are made on a daily basis. A raft of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) report on their success and effectiveness.

Will BT demonstrate the femtocell MVNO business case?

btThe recent rumour that BT, a fixed network operator in the UK and also an MVNO, is to offer femtocells may or may not prove correct. While we don’t tend to work on rumours alone, it does open up a potential new business model that is worth exploring. Here are a few thoughts on the topic.

The strong operator business case for free hotel femtocells

hotel-with-poolThe holiday season (in the Northern Hemisphere) will have seen many head for the sunshine and/or beaches. Many look to escape from work and domestic pressures, having little or no communication other than sending a postcard. A growing number however do want to keep in touch, whether to keep an eye on business activities or to share their experience with friends and family. More often these days, people prefer to do this via email rather than voice call because it allows more control of the duration and response time for each message.

A novel approach for gathering femtocell demand from end users

femtocell surveyHats off to Hay Systems Limited, the Scottish independent SMS service and equipment vendor. Having gone against the mainstream trend of 3G femtocells, they've developed their own 2G GSM one and are intent on creating end user demand for it. Prospective customers who want to solve their indoor coverage problems can register their interest at a special website setup for the purpose. Where enough registrations are submitted, HSL can then use this to justify sales of their solution to the specific network operators.

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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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