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EE demonstrate innovative disaster recovery using small cells

EE Helikite OvalToday, UK network operator EE showcased three innovative and complementary ways to provide temporary 4G service in case of outages due to flooding, major incidents and perhaps even for planned events. Adopting a three tier approach, these solutions encompass three different types of vehicle fitted with onboard small cells: rapid response pickup trucks, hexacopters and helium-filled heli-kites. Any of these could make a huge difference by restoring communication when disaster strikes.

 

Expanding the Small Cell business case with IoT, location and presence

Nick Johnson Cellular service isn’t purely about ubiquitous connectivity. Network operators strive to find additional revenue streams which capitalize on their communication services. They’ve lost the battle to keep the Internet to themselves – almost every service today apart from voice is provided by someone else, over the top. Nick Johnson of ip.access shares his views on how they might fight and win greater value through IoT, presence and location – combined with Small Cells.

Rural Small Cell site visit in West Wales

Tresaith WalesEE has set itself the goal to expand geographic coverage throughout the UK. A key plank of that strategy is to install rural small cells to serve isolated communities. I visited three trial sites in Wales to understand how these systems have been installed and what impact they’ve made to the local population. Parallel Wireless who provided the equipment introduced me to local users and explained how the system worked.

 

The mobile industry focuses on spectrum refarming throughout 2017

Spectrum RefarmingWhile the press hype up and distract you about the long term potential of 5G, there is a quiet revolution in progress. Almost everywhere, you will find most mobile operators around the world are quietly reallocating their spectrum, upgrading from 2G to 3G and 4G. Some have switched off 2G entirely. This has implications for smartphones, small cells and infrastructure choices in the coming years ahead.

AirBnB marketplace for urban small cell sites

City LocationThere are a wide variety of potential locations for outdoor urban small cells, but there can be many issues to arrange and secure the best sites. What actions can be taken to streamline the process and open up wider access to suitable sites? Following on from our previous articles on regulatory approval for the RF power radiation and for local planning/zoning approval for the physical size/format, we now take a look at finding and securing the most suitable sites. Is there an opportunity to create an online marketplace?

Streamlined urban planning approval for small cells

City PlanningOne aspect that has been holding back more rapid deployment of Urban small cells relates to local planning authority approval. This is more about the form factor (size, positioning, colour etc.) than the RF emissions, but also includes access arrangements where installation work may require temporary street closures.

FCC Incentive Spectrum Auction hints at the increasing value of small cells

Spectrum Auctions Spectrum has traditionally been very highly priced as a precious non-renewable resource. An experiment by the FCC to incentivise existing spectrum holders to sell their assets for cellular use has shown that operators are shifting their capital spending priorities elsewhere. With the auction imminently about to close, we report on the auction process and speculate on the longer term implications.

Expediting Regulatory support for Urban Small Cells

Fotolia 81675967 XSWidespread variations in national and international regulations for Urban Small Cells are one of the hurdles holding back faster deployment. What can be done to standardise and expedite this? Here we consider aspects of RF transmit power rather than physical planning/zoning..

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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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