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    1. Remote small cell rollout gets ever closer

      Our last blog focused on one of two major Milan themes: virtualisation. But an equally demanding — and exciting — theme will be high on the agenda at that event: rural and remote small cell rollout. But Release Five will go a lot further than just tackling deployment in villages and other isolated population centres. Remote industry — mining, logging or oil and gas exploration and production — will be covered. So too will maritime, aviation and rail transport. Disaster recovery where temporary small cell-based solutions may be needed is also relevant to this Release.

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    2. Virtualization: a real need

      The Milan plenary is only weeks away. We’ve been saying this a lot in recent years, but this is certainly going to be one of the most significant Small Cell Forum meetings to date. Coming off the back of a titanic — and successful — effort to cover every facet of urban small cell rollout in Releases Three and Four, the election of Alan Law as our new chair and the arrival of a new executive board, it begins a potentially even busier period during which two topics in particular will occupy our discussions: Release Five and virtualization.

      Virtualization in particular ...

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    3. Timely reminder of the huge opportunity for rural small cells

      Research published by UK regulator Ofcom last week has unquestionably caught the media's attention and seen a flurry of reports focussing on a particular statistic that whilst overall levels of consumer satisfaction with mobile networks are high – only two thirds of those living in rural areas say they enjoy a good mobile service.

      Ofcom used independent firm RootMetrics to analyse call data, and found that typically only around of 85% of calls made in rural areas pass off without a problem.

      The media attention on mobile services in rural areas acts as a timely reminder of the work the ...

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