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In-building digital cellular grows in popularity

office smartphone userRecent market statistics show a significant upturn of in-building digital cellular solutions. The simplicity, flexibility and ease of installation are all much better than legacy choices. Costs are further reduced when the signal source is integrated within the digital solution, allowing this approach to provide the best business case and platform for future growth.

 

Small Cell World Summit 2018 Event Report

SCWS 2018 logoThe lifecycle of this annual event has seen many changes over the past 10 years or so since inception. Femtocells have been renamed Small Cells, the scope has expanded, 5G has become a hot topic. Many small cell start-ups have come and gone, we’ve shifted focus from technology to deployment and business case, and the larger RAN vendors and tower companies are much more visible.

 

UK 5G Spectrum Auctions – A missed opportunity?

millionpoundsThe dust has settled after the UK’s latest round of spectrum auctions, so perhaps it’s time to step back and ask whether the outcome is good for end customers, for existing operators, for competition and ultimately the long term economy. Was it a quick short-term fix or a long term masterplan?

 

In-building small cell solutions – sharing vs duplication

SharingIn several regions of the world, network operators seem to be so set against sharing infrastructure that they’ll actively install duplicate/parallel systems to serve their own customers. Elsewhere, a focus on cost encourages wider co-operation. What is the right answer to best improve the end customer experience?

Verizon/Samsung 5G Fixed Wireless Trials proving a success

Fixed Wireless Internet CityBoth Verizon and Samsung have been emphasising significantly better than expected performance from extensive trials using early 5G millimetre-wave radios. I spoke with Derek Johnston, Head of Marketing with Samsung Network Division in North America, to uncover more detail of the trials and the likely path to commercial deployment. I’ve summarised my findings below.

Joe Neil, Microsemi, spells out the timing architecture required for 5G

joe neilJoe Neil, Director of Solution Architecture at Microsemi, travels the world working with mobile operators of all shapes and sizes. His role is primarily focussed on their network architecture and specifically the design for timing and synchronisation. With networks currently deploying LTE Advanced Pro and looking ahead towards 5G, he shares his insights on how and where tighter timing constraints will be met.

Wi-Fi Calling – Success or solution?

what is wifi callingI’ve noticed more frequently these days issues with voice calls to some mobile phones. The other party quickly points out that they are using Wi-Fi Calling because of poor indoor coverage and that this is the best they can do. While it works for some, clearly it’s far from a perfect solution. Are there any other options?

 

Rakon invests in 5G oscillator components

rakon logoThe promised high data rates and huge capacity of 5G place increasing demands on network fundamentals, of which timing and clocking are critical. Rakon has been working closely with standards bodies, chipset vendors, customers and service providers in the 5G ecosystem, to develop products that meet the synchronisation requirements for the new generation cellular technology.

Rajeev Shah, VP Federated Wireless, explains CBRS ecosystem

Rajeev Shah Federated WirelessFederated Wireless focuses on the Spectrum Allocation Server (SAS) element of CBRS but has been very influential in the evolving wider ecosystem. We spoke with their CEO last year on their plans, and now catch up with their Vice President, Products & Marketing Rajeev Shah. He outlined the current state of CBRS, explained each market segment and highlighted what to expect in the coming months.

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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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