In 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?
Both 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, 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.
I’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?
The 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.
Federated Wireless focuses on the Spectrum Access System (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.
In August last year we reviewed the 5G Myth, a book questioning the rationale behind 5G. In recent weeks I’ve read several journalists and analysts reinforce that line of reasoning, asking which flavour of 5G would be deployed, and based on what business case.
It’s been a couple of years since we specifically reviewed the status of Small Cell adoption in China. Time to revisit and look at how the industry has moved on in that time. The scale of the operation and high adoption levels of 4G are substantial. While residential small cells haven't taken off, there is renewed interest for in-building systems for medium to large sized buildings.
Nokia have been making great strides with Small Cell deployment in recent years, both indoors and out. I caught up with Stephane Daeuble, Senior Product Marketer for Nokia Small Cells. In addition to growing take-up of indoor and outdoor small cells by traditional operators, he foresees the next pocket of growth for Small Cells expanding into Private LTE for vertical markets.