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    1. Small Cell Forum’s Workshop brings 5G a few steps closer to reality

      At Small Cell Forum, we have set ourselves an ambitious roadmap to ensure our members have their say throughout the process of defining 5G. Whatever that turns out to be, we know it will rely heavily on small cells, and so the Forum has an important role to play to influence standards and facilitate smooth deployment paths for service providers.The broad support for these goals was very clear when chair David Orloff led a 5G workshop to kick off the Small Cells World Summit Americas conference in Dallas. The event was not only packed, but saw vocal and positive ...

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    2. Latest Small Cell Forum Release removes the mystique around virtualization

      Download the latest documents from SCF via www.scf.io

      Network virtualization is one of the hottest topics in telecoms, but particularly when it comes to the access network, it often seems technically complex, risky and downright undeployable.

      Yet virtualized RAN is not all about futuristic architectures requiring miles of fiber. In the small cell environment, it is deployable today, and can revolutionize the economics of rolling out large numbers of cells, in certain dense urban or indoor enterprise locations. 

      Small Cell Forum’s latest Release is designed to dispel some of the myths about virtualization and provide the guidelines ...

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    3. Have your say on the Forum’s 5G roadmap – join our Dallas workshop

      Many vendors and operators are already starting to prepare for 5G, even if the standards have not yet been agreed. That is because most expect the road to 5G to be a continuous process, with the radio change being just one step, and often a late one. Before that, dense small cell HetNets, virtualization and IoT networks will be some of the steps towards 5G.

      If your organization is trying to make sense of all these options, or already putting together your roadmap to 5G, Small Cell Forum’s 5G Workshop, led by new chair David Orloff of AT&T ...

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    4. Small Cell Forum calls upon telecoms regulators to enable rapid deployment of dense HetNets for 5G

      Industry body lobbies for globally consistent and supportive regulation for small cells

      London -  October 19th 2016 - Small Cell Forum (SCF) today called upon industry regulators to help build a consistent and supportive regulatory environment for the deployment of dense HetNets worldwide. In the absence of the necessary frameworks to enable next generation network roll-outs, SCF warns that 5G deployments are likely to be significantly impacted. 

      To support this initiative, SCF is developing different best practice guidelines for states, regulators and municipalities in North America in collaboration with 5G Americas, in Latin America in collaboration with the GSMA, and through ...

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    5. Streamlining small cell approval processes: have your say on a vital initiative

      SCF are hosting a call on small cell deployment issues this Wednesday 19 October at 4pm BST. Non members are encouraged to get in touch if you would like to participate.

      Without a streamlined, cost-effective process for getting small cells approved and deployed, the economics of our industry are compromised. As operators embark on densification projects, it will be even more crucial that small cells can be planned and rolled out in a uniform way, with minimum red tape. But in many areas, local and national regulations are standing in the way of large-scale deployment.

      Small Cell Forum has a ...

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    6. Small Cell Forum Operator and Vendor Members Collaborate to Combat 5G Fragmentation

      Members including AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei and Vodafone collaborate to lay foundations for next generation networks, targeting industry harmonization

      London, 6th October 2016 – Small Cell Forum (SCF) has hosted its first dedicated 5G vendor and operator workshop, bringing together leading industry players to progress the enabling technologies for next generation networks. Championing interoperability and consistency in the development of key enabling technologies, SCF has a vital role to play ensuring the industry avoids fragmentation on the path to 5G.

      Workshop participants included AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Microsemi, Nokia, Parallel Wireless, SpiderCloud and Vodafone. The session was led by ...

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    7. Small Cell Forum Announces New Board and Members to Support Path to 5G

      New members, including Samsung, Corning and ZTE to join Forum’s new work programs including the deployment of hyperdense networks and digital enterprise

      London, 20th September 2016 – Small Cell Forum (SCF) has welcomed 18 new members from across the wireless and Internet ecosystems, further expanding the organisation’s breadth of expertise, and strengthening its work in laying the groundwork for robust and interoperable 5G networks.

      The new members are: Access Technologies (Alphabet), Alpha Wireless, Cirrus Core Networks, Commscope, Corning, ExteNet Systems, Indigo Wireless, Ixia, Kathrein, Luminet, Keysight Technologies, Ranzure Networks, Samsung Electronics America, Sooktha, T-Mobile, Truphone, Viavi Solutions and ...

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    8. TeleWorld launches disruptive response to small cell site challenges

      One of the major barriers to deployment of outdoor small cells is the lack of a standard, streamlined process for identifying and acquiring sites, as well as wildly divergent fee structures for site rental.

      In its mission to lower such barriers and accelerate roll-out of dense networks, Small Cell Forum has identified site costs and processes as a key priority in its work program. We know that, especially in some dense urban scenarios, a radically different approach will be required to achieve the right economics for operators. So it was interesting to see one such approach proposed by TeleWorld Solutions ...

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    9. Forum to set critical priorities for 5G at Rome Workshop

      New blog from Chair elect David Orloff on our up and coming 5G workshop

      The Small Cell Forum has a vital role to play in the development of 5G, which will have small cells at its heart. If your organization will be impacted at all by future wireless networks, our 5G Workshop, held at the Forum’s European Plenary in Rome on September 15, will be an essential event.

      I believe that fragmentation is one of the biggest risks to 5G achieving its aims in full. Proprietary and pre-standard efforts, and closed-doors partnerships, threaten the creation of a unified platform ...

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    10. Small Cell Forum: a refuge from 5G wars and fragmentation

      Small Cell Forum CEO, Sue Monahan comments on the latest industry announcements on 5G.

      Though 5G is moving out of the labs and into operators’ planning process, confusion about the next generation of mobile networks is rising. Every week brings a new industry partnership or a new plan to deploy ‘pre-standard’ 5G. While this may be a good profile raiser for a few large players, it raises the spectre of fragmentation, which would be a disaster for the commercial viability of 5G and its stakeholders. 

      The vast majority of operators and other 5G stakeholders do not have the resources to ...

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    11. SCF Member only security update from Copper Horse

      Small Cell Forum aims to support all members promote the adoption of small cells across the industry. A key part of this is providing exclusively to members research, market updates and insights to key aspects of the technology which may serve to break down the barriers to widespread deployment. The Security Task Force has recently commissioned mobile security expert David Rogers, CEO & Founder of Copper Horse, to create and share an update on security in the small cells ecosystem. Presented in two parts, David’s first update will be at our member only plenary in Rome. In this blog he ...

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    12. SCF Webinar: Towards 5G - A HetNet and SON roadmap

      Join Alan Law of Vodafone and David Orloff of AT&T on Tuesday 12 July at 3pm BST as they discuss the transition path to 5G and the comprehensive HetNet framework outlined in Release 7. The webinar promises practical guidance and a route to the future, free of hype or 5G buzzwords. It will also be a chance to understand the Forum’s critical work in defining operator-driven technologies in key areas where carriers must make significant decisions now – virtualization, SON, densification and others. 

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    13. Forecasters confirm small cells will drive MNO spending this year

      Operators which were in the forefront of LTE roll-out have largely completed their wide area macrocell deployments and are switching their attention – and their dollars – to increasing capacity to support rising usage and new services. But throwing additional capacity at the macro layer is cost-prohibitive. Instead, mobile operators like Verizon and China Mobile are turning to small cells to densify their networks just where capacity is needed, controlling costs and boosting quality of experience.

      Small Cell Forum members are increasingly discussing such plans, and their experiences are borne out by the latest batch of market forecasts for wireless infrastructure spending ...

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    14. Backhaul challenges are being addressed just in time for large-scale HetNets

      From 2016, there will be a sharp uptick in deployments of small cells in enterprise and urban environments, as operators see their LTE macro networks coming under pressure from data traffic that never stops multiplying. In any project to densify networks in areas of high outdoor usage, the issue of backhaul will be central to success.

      Clearly, densification opens up new opportunities for backhaul providers. According to a recent forecast from IHS Technology, the shift from macro layer to small cell deployment by mobile operators will drive total spending of $6.4bn, between 2016 and 2020, on outdoor small cell ...

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    15. Public safety and ‘extreme users’ are pushing small cells to new limits

      In the mobile world, discussion tends to focus on MNOs’ mainstream deployments geared to consumer data and voice. Yet many of the most interesting innovations in the RAN originate from highly specialized use cases in areas like public safety or industrial communications. These demanding applications can stretch a technology to its limits, and those advances can then be fed back into the mainstream to improve performance for everyone.

      This pattern is clearly seen in small cells, which by their nature can be deployed in local clusters which are optimized for a particular application or user base. The Small Cell Forum ...

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    16. US operators show it is now critical to address small cell siting issues

      It so often happens in the mobile world. The operators of Japan and South Korea pioneer a new network platform, and make it look easy. Then others follow, and discover the real complexities. It happened in urban small cells – a few carriers, blessed with plentiful fiber and strong regulator support, set an example which is virtually impossible to follow elsewhere.

      For the mere mortals of the western markets, new approaches to siting and deployment are needed urgently, as they find that red tape and infrastructure issues are delaying their densification projects, just as these are becoming critical to the business ...

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    17. SCWS World 2016: Multi-x roadmap, rising deployments and glittering awards

      SCWS World in London, celebrating its tenth anniversary, is a highlight of the sector’s calendar, and this year, there was a particular mood of optimism and excitement. Many operators from round the world took the stage to discuss their plans for densification and in-building networks, highlighting the fact that small cells are achieving significant scale as they become a default element of many carriers’ 4G plans.

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    18. From HetNet to glittering awards: SCWS showcases small cells’ rapid progress

      SCF Chair Alan Law reports back from a successful week in London at Small Cells World Summit.

      Once again, the small cell industry has convened in London at the annual Small Cells World Summit, always a highlight of the calendar. This year, the event was a particularly important one, with a new Release and a glittering ceremony to present this year’s Small Cell Forum awards.

      The SCWS, celebrating its tenth anniversary, is a key opportunity for the industry to showcase its latest achievements and discuss the next steps. My keynote address, and many of the presentations which followed, reflected ...

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    19. Independents to the fore in small cell awards

      Commercial benefits also shine as market matures

      London, May 12, 2016: Independent companies took centre stage in London last night at the Small Cell Forum’s annual awards ceremony. Just three years after its launch, US company Parallel Wireless scooped two awards both for excellence in small cell deployment; while long-standing UK independent company ip.access picked up one company and two individual awards.

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    20. Small Cell Forum lays foundations of the 5G HetNet future

      Publishes blueprint of architectural framework for fully integrated multi-vendor, multi-technology HetNets Defines characteristics, components, and technology requirements
      Releases first comprehensive operator market driver research and analysis

      London, May 10, 2016: Small Cell Forum has today published the first tranche of documents which will make up Release 7, a comprehensive deployment blueprint for the HetNet.

      With small cells at the heart of operators’ move towards multi-technology, multi-domain, multivendor networks, the Forum is ideally placed to provide a blueprint for deployment now, and a roadmap to the 5G future.

      The documents published today form the foundations of a full market-defining Release, which ...

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