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    1. Small Cell Forum Marks 10th Anniversary with Detailed Plans on Commercializing Hyperdense Networks for 4G, 5G and IoT

      Industry organization celebrates its leadership role in changing the shape of mobile networks and outlines how operators can successfully densify networks both now and in the future 

      SCWS London, UK – 23 May 2017 - Small Cell Forum today marks its tenth anniversary by completing Release 9, providing operators with a comprehensive blueprint for densification of today’s networks and laying foundations for future 5G systems. The new documents include:  

      • outlines of hyperdense network architectures;  

      • the managed use of shared spectrum and CBRS;  

      • an installation guide to achieving RF compliance developed with IEC and GSMA ...

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    2. Small Cell Forum Announces Enterprise Advisory Council with Founding Members Including CBRE, General Motors, Kaiser Permanente, Marriott International, Texas A&M University and WeWork

      Enterprise Advisory Council Draws Membership from Across Enterprise Spectrum to Promote and Drive Delivery of High-Quality, Ubiquitous Cellular Coverage 

      London, UK – 16 May 2017 - Small Cell Forum (SCF) has today announced the launch of its Enterprise Advisory Council (EAC), focused on deepening industry ties, and working alongside businesses and institutions to help solve the issue of poor cellular coverage. The Council is a collaborative effort to bring together the Forum’s cellular industry members and businesses to provoke discussion, articulate the benefits of digitized enterprise networks and drive small cell deployments.

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    3. Busy Q1 achieves real progress towards mass-scale small cell deployment

      The first quarter of 2017 has been a momentous one for the small cell industry. Operators’ need to densify their networks is becoming urgent in many markets, and the momentum behind enterprise and city deployments continues to grow. So it was no surprise than many developments were heavily focused on practical issues of rolling out small cells at huge scale.

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    4. SCF Cannes plenary: a packed agenda as small cell momentum grows apace

      Back from Cannes, SCF Chair David Orloff reflects on a busy plenary.

      Small Cell Forum members gathered in large numbers in the sunshine of the French Riviera last week, for the latest plenary meeting in Cannes. The agenda was a crowded one, reflecting the large numbers of scenarios in which small cells are now being deployed, and some important decisions were made to help keep up the momentum which is gathering behind enterprise and urban deployments.

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    5. TIA survey highlights 5G challenges, and why the Forum’s program is crucial

      A new survey highlights the gulf between mobile operators’ 5G ambitions and their deployment realities, especially when it comes to densification.

      The report, commissioned by the Telecoms Industry Association (TIA) and InterDigital, found that 33% of operators aim to start deploying commercial 5G services by 2020. However, this will only be possible if several challenges are addressed.

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    6. Calling hospitality players – a better mobile signal can transform customer satisfaction

      Hospitality is one of the industries in which a good mobile signal is most crucial to business success. Being able to make an unbroken voice or Skype call home is one of the most important ways in which customers rate their experience in a hotel or restaurant. If they have to go outside to get a signal, that can cancel out all the investments in luxury furnishings and attentive staff. Today, one-third of leisure travellers say they will not return to a hotel with inadequate wireless access, and this figure rises to 67% for business travellers. While nearly everyone in ...

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    7. Don’t miss out on the best chance this year to set the HetNet agenda

      A reminder from SCF Chair David Orloff, to register for the Cannes plenary

      Make sure you have your place secured at Small Cell Forum’s plenary meeting, to be held in Cannes in just two weeks’ time. This will be a vital event for all members to attend, and your chance to shape the Forum’s agenda for enterprise expansion and for the road to 5G. You can register here»

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    8. Small Cell Forum Helps Mobile Industry Deliver Practical and Profitable 5G

      Forum’s work helps operators plot path to densification for today’s 4G and future 5G networks

      Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain – 28 February 2017 – SCF has today published a series of practical working guides to make densification using small cells a commercial reality, both for today’s 4G and for future 5G networks. These latest outputs go further than ever before in articulating the work the Forum is undertaking to increase the success of current small cell technologies, while applying knowledge gained to ensure that networks of the future are practical and profitable for all parties concerned. The full ...

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    9. If you have to choose just one MWC event, make it SCF’s 5G Panel

      If you’re heading to Mobile World Congress this year, you’ll be inundated with talk of 5G. Whether you are eager to be in the first wave of 5G by 2020, or see it as a long term option for your organization, you may find the sheer volume of information at MWC bewildering. In that case, one event will be essential to make sense of it all – Small Cell Forum’s 5G Panel debate, which will take place on our stand in Hall 7 at 4pm on Tuesday March 28.

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    10. Density, enterprise wireless and 5G: SCF is solving MNOs’ greatest challenges

      SCF Chair David Orloff (AT&T) reflects on the build up to his first Mobile World Congress.

      I am very excited about my first Mobile World Congress as chair of Small Cell Forum. More than ever before, SCF’s work will be at the heart of the agenda in Barcelona, and we have so much progress to share with the broad mobile industry.

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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. UK needn’t wait for 5G to start improving its mobile coverage

      The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has criticized the level of coverage achieved so far with 4G and urged early action to improve service availability, including preparation for 5G. The organization’s report particularly highlighted the role small cells will play in providing good services in urban areas, and on roads and railways, where the NIC says cellular coverage is “frankly appalling”. Small Cell Forum welcomes the NIC’s report because it highlights that excellent mobile coverage is no longer a luxury, but essential to social and economic activity, whether people are indoors, outdoors or on the move. It ...

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