SCF Chair Sue Monahan reports back from SCWS MENA in Dubai.
SCF Chair Sue Monahan reports back from SCWS MENA in Dubai.
The WRC-15 Conference took place during most of November, and sought to achieve a difficult balancing act between the spectrum requirements of different sectors such as mobile broadband, satellite and broadcasting. Two of its outcomes were important for small cells: the global harmonisation of the 3.5 GHz band for mobile broadband, and the decision to consider bands above 24 GHz for mobile broadband on the agenda for consideration by the next WRC, in 2019. The higher the frequency, the more the spectrum becomes the preserve of small cells, and both these decisions will help to open up more capacity ...
We are looking for case studies of small cell deployments in enterprise vertical markets, and those supporting multi-operator capabilities. So if any of you have deployed small cells in these contexts, the Forum would love to hear from you. The aim is to collect a broad sample of case studies. These can relate to any vertical sector but must be real commercial roll-outs, completed or in process. Small Cell Forum will share the experiences of early adopters, to ensure wider adoption can be accelerated.
However forward-looking Small Cell Forum’s work may be, it always remains grounded in real world operator requirements. That is why, as the Forum’s ambitious new work program gets under way, we are reaching out to experts in critical areas of focus for 2016 – virtualisation, multi-operator networks and enterprise. If you have trials or deployments in any of these areas, you could play a significant role in influencing future standards and accelerating the development of key technologies.
Mobile World Congress 2016 is by far the most influential event in the industry’s calendar, and once again, the Small Cell Forum is giving companies of all sizes the chance to showcase their activities in the Small Cell Zone.
SCF Chair Alan Law reports back from a busy week in Dallas.
The caliber of those attending and giving up their time to chair sessions, make presentations and speak on panels resulted in an interesting and informative event. From walking the floor, speaking with exhibitors and SCF members, I felt fully justified in explaining to the journalists and analysts I met, that this is the year for Small Cells. As detailed in our report, it’s clear to me that we’ve moved on from the first phase of the small cell industry – the ‘why’ phase. What matters now to ...
In our latest blog, SCF Chair Alan Law looks forward to an exciting week in Dallas 2 - 5 November with the Small Cells Champions Workshop, announcements about increasing deployment figures at Small Cells Americas and our North American Plenary.
Heterogeneous networking does not just drive multiple technologies to work together in harmony. It also demands the same from industry organizations – groups which once worked mainly in their own corners are now addressing common issues, and that is breeding a new spirit of cooperation. Our latest blog reports back from the WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Jose, October 2015.
Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is an architectural approach which is likely to play a fundamental role in future networks, including 5G. Like any significant technology shift, it touches on many areas of the ecosystem, and is open to many interpretations. For this reason, it is vital that industry bodies work towards a common agenda, or risk damaging fragmentation.
Latest blog from Alan Law
Amid the busy autumn conference schedule, the Small Cells Americas event in Dallas is a highlight. This year its content has a brand new look, designed to reflect the themes and priorities identified this year by the Small Cell Forum and its operator members.
A key part of the Champions Day was the State of the Market workshop, sponsored by Huawei. Nine companies shared their most recent deployment stories and technological innovation. The result was a picture of an industry that is experiencing real traction as well as significant roll-outs across a full range of use cases. In this blog, we summarise the key themes of the workshop.
Sue Monahan, appointed just last year as CEO of the Small Cell Forum, has been named as one of the wireless industry’s upcoming “behind the scenes” power players.
The official standards process may not have begun, but 5G is a very real issue for most mobile operators already. After all, the first deployments could be as little as five years away, which in an MNO’s planning, is just around the corner. In that context, one of the sessions to be held next week at the Small Cell Forum’s Champions Day will be particularly essential for anyone trying to make sense of 5G and how it relates to real world business cases.
The Small Cell Forum is to hold its first ever Open Day on September 8th, during our 30th plenary meeting in Rome. This represents a dragonfly moment for the organisation – after so much hard work, much of it carried out under the surface, it is time for the Forum to come out of the chrysalis and show off its achievements in the full sunshine.
The Champions' Day will celebrate what the Forum and its members have accomplished so far, while also providing inspiration to fuel future efforts, and to facilitate the new partnerships those will require. The event ...
We've invited every major European operator to a special open day 8 September in Rome. Our Small Cells Champions Day, the first day of our 30th Plenary, is open to both members and non-members. The aim is for small cell pioneers from the world's leading carriers to share their successes and deployment experiences in a state of the market workshop. We'll also be discussing the hot topics that comprise our technology roadmap. These are detailed below. If you would like to be part of this discussion, you can register here to join us. Or you can let ...
By Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Rethink Technology Research
LTE in unlicensed spectrum – killer of the free spirit of WiFi, or enabler of new services and quality of experience in the 5 GHz band?
The question was probably the most hotly debated one at the recent Small Cells World Summit in London, though the viewpoints varied markedly if one wandered from that largely cellular-oriented conference to its co-located event, the Carrier WiFi World Summit. And anyone who feared unlicensed LTE fatigue might have set in by Friday, when the Small Cell Forum held a workshop on the topic, need not have ...
By Monica Paolini, Founder and President, Senza Fili Consulting
LTE unlicensed is clearly a hot topic these days – and one that often draws a strong emotional response. It was one of the key themes in London last week at the Small Cell World Summit and at the Carrier Wi-Fi World Summit. The consultation from the FCC also attracted a wide set of contributions.
Small Cells World 2015 and Small Cell Forum ad hoc plenary took place in London last week. Once again, experts came together to share knowledge across small cell, Wi-Fi, and backhaul technologies.
The launch of Release 5.1 – our groundbreaking analysis of the coming together of small cells and virtualization – took place yesterday at the Small Cells World 2015. Since then, there have been over 1,000 downloads of release papers – and the pace is not slowing.
At our recent Singapore plenary, we held a ‘State of the Market’ workshop which involved ten ‘TED’ style presentations covered recent breakthroughs in small cell technologies, deployment approaches and business models from our technology providers. Operators too shared examples of how they are using small cells to enhance performance, attract and retain customers.
A selection of the presentations can be found here.
Julius Robson, Release Coordinator, shares some of the key themes and highlights
At Mobile World Congress in 2015 we were fortunate to have Justin Waller from the Vodafone Foundation presenting on our stand. The Foundation does some incredible work in establishing communications around the world, and Justin had with him one of their Instant Network kits that can fit into a backpack.
This week has seen the foundation back in the news, responding to the tragic events in Nepal. Read more about it here »
A timely reminder of how small cells can be used in the most challenging environments to make a real difference to people who need it the most.
On 20th & 21st of April, Small Cells Asia took place in Singapore. Asia is home to more small cell deployments than any other region, and is seeing data growth that means it will account for almost half of the world’s mobile data traffic in just a few years’ time. Set against the background of a varied and fast moving market, expectations for the event were high – and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
The event was attended by over 300 delegates with half of these representing some 42 different operator companies from 29 different countries. The event has doubled in ...
Sue Monahan, CEO Small Cell Forum
On the 20th to the 21st of April, Small Cells Asia will be taking place in Singapore. As one of the leading partners of Small Cells Asia, the Small Cell Forum recognises the importance of the event as demand for small cells in the Asia Pacific region is set to increase dramatically in the next four years.
Asia is currently home to more small cell deployments than any other region, with over half a million small cell shipments in 2014 alone – ranging from solutions to provide high capacity data services to mass deployments, to ...
Blog from Keith Dyer of The Mobile Network on why it's important to recognise and reward the social, economic and environmental impact of small cells. Keith is also a judge for the Small Cell Forum Industry Awards 2015.
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