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China Small Cell Market Update – March 2018

China Regional UpdateIt’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.

 

Stephane Daeuble outlines Nokia’s Small Cell future growth around verticals

Stephane DaeubleNokia 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.

 

Mobile World Congress 2018 Event Report

MWC 20175G dominated this year’s event, where major operators and vendors vied for position as the fastest, most prepared and technically advanced. A variety of 4G technology was also on display, from Gigabit LTE to MIMO antennas, and this is where most of the immediate investment is going. Virtual Reality demos and games were again popular attractions. We delved behind the hype to assess and digest what's really going on.

What to look out for at Mobile World Congress 2018

MWC 2017Like most analysts, my “dance card”/schedule is filling up with prearranged meetings, my inbox is filling up with press releases and my phone is ringing with calls about all sorts of new developments. If you plan to attend Mobile World Congress yourself, or just monitor remotely, here are a few high level areas to keep in mind from a Small Cell perspective.

SpiderCloud engineers a comprehensive LAA enterprise small cell solution

spidercloud logo largeOver the past year, LAA development has quietly matured with several commercial network launches around the world. Offering superfast Gigabit data rates, the technology is ready to be rolled out in-building. We review the current state of the ecosystem and share some insights from SpiderCloud who have been an early pioneer of the technology.

Four ways of fairly sharing CBRS small cells

Fair SharingThere is a promised nirvana from installing a single set of CBRS small cells in a building where everybody can seamlessly access cellular service at much higher performance and lower cost. But this involves sharing the available capacity. We explore four different options to achieve that and discuss some of the implications.

The growing variety of free cellular market forecasts

Market ReportsAlongside paid industry analyst reports, there has been an increasing number of freely available cellular industry activity reports with five year forecasts published by major vendors and industry associations. There's a mixture of detailed statistics, differing interpretations and somewhat biassed perspectives. We offer a guided tour highlighting key attributes.

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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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