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    1. 2017 Predictions: 3 mobile enterprise predictions for 2017

      2017 Predictions: 3 mobile enterprise predictions for 2017

      Editor’s Note: With 2017 now upon us, RCR Wireless News has gathered predictions from across the mobile telecommunications space on what they expect to see in the new year.

      According to industry analyst firm IDC, “mobility has become a core requirement for most enterprise applications today.” Enterprises may feel pressure to go mobile-first and convert more traditional tasks to mobile operations.

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    2. Use of open source software growing across telecom

      Use of open source software growing across telecom

      While the open source community has quickly gaining ground in the computing space, the traditional telecommunications industry has a history of hardening its siloed approach to networking technology. This was especially apparent at a time when most mobile telecom networks were 2G-based, with 3G technology just coming online in more advanced markets.

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    3. Will traditional DAS give way to converged in-buidling communications systems?

      “It’s not really about DAS anymore, it’s about connectivity,” Chris Wixom, Corning’s senior director and VP of sales and business development, told RCR Wireless News.

      Mentioning recent discussion with Verizon ahead of the carrier’s In-building Technology Users Forum, Wixom explained, “If we’re still building DAS, we’re missing the point. Why is that? With Wi-Fi, with cellular, with other technologies, customers are increasingly concerned about connectivity.

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    4. Notable test and measurement acquisitions in 2016

      Notable test and measurement acquisitions in 2016

      Last year was reflective of the ongoing consolidation in the network and device testing industry. Although there weren’t necessarily blockbuster acquisitions on the order of NetScout’s $2.6 billion Danaher communications acquisition in 2015, 2016 was reflective of a series of smaller, ongoing test and measurement acquisitions that were often of privately-held companies.

      Over the course of the year, notable test and measurement acquisitions included:

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    1. Launching the Enterprise Advisory Council

      Small Cell Forum is creating an Enterprise Advisory Council (EAC) to help deepen industry links with the Enterprise market – and we want your input.

      The EAC will be a core part of the work by our Enterprise Task Force which seeks to foster understanding and encourage the use of small cell technology within the Enterprise (including Hospitality, Healthcare, Property Management and others). The campaign comprises a range of targeted marketing material, PR pieces and engagement with industry events, all designed to forge greater ties with the Enterprise industry.

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    2. A landmark year for small cells, and exciting challenges ahead for the Forum

      SCF Chair David Orloff rounds up a landmark year for small cells.

      Looking back on 2016, it’s clear that this has been a landmark year for SCF, and of course for me, having taken over the chair’s role in September. It is a real privilege to be chairing the Forum just as the small cell industry heads into a hugely significant new phase of its history. In 2017, we will see densification, expanded enterprise deployments and the prospect of 5G, all accelerating adoption and shaping new platforms. All of these new technologies will rely heavily of small cells.

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