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Broadband World Forum 2016 Conference Report

Broadband WorldForum logoBBWF is a major event for wireline networks, both cable and traditional telephone/broadband. Held in the London’s ExCel centre, it was co-located with the Virtual Reality World next door, with free exhibition passes available for both. Key themes were the growth of on-demand video, deployment of G.Fast to provide ever faster speeds on local loop copper wires alongside the growing customer dissatisfaction with their in-home Wi-Fi.

Spectrum Opportunities for third party small cells

Two Tier Frequency SpectrumA number of recent regulatory and market changes have opened up several possible options for third parties to gain access to useful cellular spectrum. These include leasing from cellular operators, sharing in a controlled environment or best effort unlicensed operation. We review possible options and consider the consequences. 

Self-Organising Networks (SON) 2016 conference report

SON Networks World logoThis niche event hosted in London focuses on Self-Organising Networks, providing an annual checkpoint on progress and developments. Due to a conflict with another event, I was only able to attend partially, but believe I caught the overall atmosphere. I’d suggest SON for mobile networks continues to progress but adoption seems to be at a similar pace to self-driving cars – inevitable in the long term, but nobody wants to be first to hand over complete control at the moment.

Can robots outperform humans for in-building small cell testing?

Commscope robot introAutomation is a growing theme for many aspects of life today. Many of the manual and even highly skilled processes of the past are being superseded by alternative, innovative methods. Recently, I visited CommScope’s R&D lab at Chelmsford, near Boston, and saw for myself how they’ve pioneered using an autonomous robot to walk their building and conduct extensive wireless performance testing.

LTE Voice Summit 2016 Event Report

LTE VoiceSummit logoA useful and worthwhile event, sharing progress, complexity and the underlying business value of voice and video services on LTE – both VoLTE and so-called over-the-top services. My perspective was investigating how this relates to adoption of LTE only networks and small cells including neutral host. My findings may surprise you.

iBwave highlights the need for full HetNet Capacity Planning

Benoit Fleury 2016 150Many in-building wireless systems have been installed with the primary focus on ubiquitous coverage. Benoit Fleury, VP Product Line Management at iBwave, believes the time has come for capacity planning to take a more prominent role.

He explains why in-building design needs to take a comprehensive view of capacity provided across 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi technologies, termed HetNet Capacity Planning, and how that can be achieved today.

Multi-operator enterprise small cells commercially live with OpenCell

Graham Payne OpencellGraham Payne, CEO of Opencell, reports success with their business proposition installing multi-operator small cells at Enterprises across the UK. Although not yet fully neutral host, he reports strong demand, viable price point and success. We asked him what the ingredients for success are, and how the industry could evolve to improve matters further.

Broadcom downsize small cell chipset operations

broadcom logoReports from multiple sources have indicated that Broadcom are downsizing their activities in the Small Cell market. While this doesn’t immediate affect products shipping today based on their design, we consider the implications and point to other recent developments.

 

The dilemma of LTE only vs Multimode Small Cells

Multimode DilemmaLTE’s high performance combined with newly available sub-1GHz frequencies means it reaches places that 2G or 3G often can’t. But where VoLTE isn’t used, voice service suffers. This causes a dilemma over when and how LTE only vs MultiMode 3G/LTE small cells may be rolled out. We try to separate the facts from the myths to discern what steps will be taken on the path toward LTE only products.

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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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