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The world’s median mobile phone

Android Smartphone 3GWe can easily overlook or misinterpret some of the headline figures quoted for mobile phone subscriptions, device types and usage. Here are some of the latest statistics and insights into the proportion of mobile phones and subscriptions worldwide. This includes the specification of the median mobile phone worldwide.

How the Big Four Internet Giants are addressing cellular network evolution

Internet GiantsWe may think that the major network operators or the three major RAN vendors are driving the strategy for cellular service for the next decade. But with so much activity and value switching to content, Apps and advertising, the big four Internet Giants all have a major stake. We look at what each has been doing and consider the implications.

Adding new vendors and organisations into networks

Coming SoonWhat is the process by which new vendors and suppliers can be introduced, challenging and competing with the large established providers? With Small Cell growth arguably more constrained by non-technical aspects, we ask what needs to change to accelerate take-up.

 

Small Cell End of Year Report 2016

ReportCardAs we approach the holiday season, it’s once again time for me (and other analysts) to reflect back on the year gone by, revisit our predictions and make some new ones for the year ahead. We've seen some steady progress throughout the year with several leading small cell vendors gaining traction. New features, especially use of unlicensed and shared spectrum, promise easier access to both speed and private deployments in 2-3 year timeframe.

CW Small Cell New Business Models Event Report

cw logoCambridge Wireless, now branded as CW, is a UK industry not-for-profit that organises many technical seminars and events on all aspects of wireless communications. Its Small Cell Special Interest Group is the second most popular, and this event was again over-subscribed.

This session explored how more open access to spectrum could develop provision of cellular service by new players, introducing new funding streams, enabling new vendors and improving all round service quality levels.

Rather than provide a blow-by-blow recap of each speaker presentation, I’ve picked out a few key themes for specific attention.

DAS and Small Cell Congress Europe December 2016

DAS Congress Europe LogoDAS and Small Cells Congress remains a popular event in the US. This European offshoot is now in its third year, and remains the only DAS oriented conference in the region. DAS vendors see a shift in funding away from operators where building owners cover all costs, even including the basestations. They see small cells, in various forms, as a low cost way to drive smaller DAS deployments, complementing rather than competing in some market segments. Neutral host organisations should see growing opportunities.

 

Seamless roaming essential for neutral host success

roamingRoaming, where cellular service is provided by partner networks, has been a tremendous benefit for foreign travel – extending coverage to all corners of the globe. National roaming is used in relatively few countries to fill in isolated pockets that may be otherwise uncommercial. The success of neutral host enabled small cells will rely on successful national roaming agreements. What’s involved and how could it come to pass?

Telecom Infrastructure Project takes a different route from 5G

Telecom Infrastructure Project LogoThe TIP held its first major summit event a few weeks ago. The initial thrust is about using innovation including opensource cellular technology to bring Internet connectivity to rural and remote places throughout the world. The longer term scope could be bigger. Major multi-national businesses are fully engaged. Many of the principles of Small Cell technology and operation have been adopted. This paints a very different picture of the next steps for cellular investment than purely super high speed 5G.

 

Planning for Connected Cities of the future

New York SidewalkWhile we hear a lot of marketing hype about Smart Cities, with various interpretations of what that might mean, several are taking serious steps towards becoming Connected Cities – building out infrastructure to support the data super-highways of the future. This won’t be exclusively wireless or wired but a combination of both.

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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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