Google and Federated Wireless aren’t the only companies building out CBRS SAS (Spectrum Access System). I spoke with Mark Gibson of CommScope, which is well on track to launch service next year, too. He shared his perspective of the CBRS market, clarified likely timescales as well as how and where we are likely to see it rolled out.
I visited the City of London, the 1 square mile central business district within the metropolis dominated by international finance and big business. The governing body recently awarded a concession that provides free public Wi-Fi in return for street level small cell sites. Services have been launched after only 28 weeks. I spoke with both City officials and the project manager to appreciate the benefits to all involved.
Recognising that over 80% of cellular traffic is consumed indoors, Nokia takes a slightly different approach from other vendors to address the problem. We review a white paper that discusses and expounds their views on how operators can best evolve their networks to meet the indoor challenges.
In a world of ever more sophisticated smartphones, it’s easy to overlook the fact that half of the world rely on GSM for their cellular service. Rather than dying out, in some regions 2G has a long life ahead of it. That’s why Parallel Wireless has added 2G to its solution, primarily to address strong market demand in developing countries.
Although primarily a DAS event, this year we heard more talk of Small Cell involvement. There’s clearly a mismatch between the technical demands from operators and the funding sources available to provide them. No major new product announcements, but good networking and discussion of the issues holding back wider deployment.
Internet Wi-Fi is becoming the latest must-have service when airborne. Ben Ash, Special Projects Business Development at ip.access, argues that there is equally a strong case for cellular service onboard. He explains how small cell technology has evolved to deliver cellular service in the sky and highlights key differences between Wi-Fi and cellular service experience.
Growing data demand is driving densification of mobile networks using small cells together with advanced techniques to increase spectrum efficiency. Peak performance requires tight phase synchronisation between cells which is being widely deployed by the more advanced cellular networks. I spoke with Eric Colard, Head of Emerging Line of Business at Microsemi, to learn how they have responded with a new architecture that combines resilience, scalability and performance.
Planning/zoning regulations have been the cause of many delays in deployment of urban small cells in many parts of the US. Activity at state and federal levels is causing strong debate which is leading towards new Federal legislation.
Could wireless service completely replace wireline in some scenarios? Perhaps it depends on just how fast internet broadband needs to be, and whether wireless can perform adequately at lower cost than wired or fibre connections.