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    1. Share your success with SCF Awards 2016

      It’s only two months until the Small Cell Forum announces the winners of its eighth annual awards, but there’s still some time to make sure your organization is in the race. The deadline for the awards entry is 31 March and you can enter here »

      The competition gets more intense each year, reflecting the expansion of small cells into so many areas of the mobile world, and the profile and prestige that comes from being shortlisted grow likewise. The number of awards has grown over the years, so there is sure to be a category to fit your ...

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    2. Small cells burst out of the home, ready for the wider world

      Mobile World Congress is always awash with the latest market forecasts and statistics, and while some of these owe more to hope than experience, others are updated year-by-year and provide a very credible picture of how a particular technology is developing. Market Experts’ regular figures for the Small Cell Forum are an example, probing deep into the sector’s supply chain to understand the patterns shaping the market.

      The latest results show significant progress, especially driven by growth in the enterprise segment. According to the Forum’s figures, several important landmarks were crossed in 2015. The sector topped $1 billion ...

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    3. Two new studies point to high enterprise appetite for small cells

      As mobile links become the primary connections for many businesses, small cells are moving to the heart of the enterprise action, since in many environments, they are the only way to achieve foolproof voice and data coverage. That trend will drive small cells rapidly across the chasm to large-scale deployment in 2016, as two major research studies indicate.

      These studies, commissioned by Small Cell Forum, surveyed two sides of market – the enterprises themselves, and the ecosystem which will deliver the solutions they need. Enterprise technology research specialists Nemertes talked to over 500 organizations round the world – of varying sizes and ...

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    4. Small Cell Forum work resonates at MWC 2016

      In our latest blog, SCF Chair Alan Law reflects on the highlight of MWC 2016 for all those involved with Small Cells.

      Another Mobile World Congress is over, and it was a memorable one for Small Cell Forum. Not only did we unveil Release 6 Smart Enterprise and extremely positive new research figures, but our HetNet roadmaps tapped into many of the broader themes of the conference, from unlicensed spectrum to the IoT.

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    5. MWC 2016: a landmark event for small cells

      Over 100,000 people are now taking their sore feet and heads home from Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress for another year – but the huge show does far more than provide a five-day showcase for the latest gizmos. It is the main stage on which key mobile industry stakeholders set out their manifestoes for the years ahead, and the Small Cell Forum was no exception.

      Its key themes this year chimed in well with those of the whole event. There was strong response to the Forum’s ‘smart enterprise’ work. All over the Fira conference centre, it was clear that ...

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    6. Small Cells Help Operators Get Enterprising

      London and Barcelona, 23 February, 2016: Small Cell Forum today revealed the results of independent research which point to a sharp uptake in Enterprise small cell deployments and a growing appetite among businesses to adopt the technology.

      Research from Enterprise specialists Nemertes revealed that 60 per cent of 500 Enterprises surveyed across 17 sectors expect to have deployed small cell technology by the end of next year; while the latest independent market shipment forecast by analysts Mobile Experts shows the number of Enterprise small cells shipped to double during 2016, with a sales growth spike of 270 per cent forecast ...

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    7. Small cells at MWC16: What to look out for in Barcelona

      The clock is ticking for the mobile industry’s massive jamboree in Barcelona, and for those interested in small cells, there will be more than ever to see. Small Cell Forum are once again hosting the Small Cell Zone in Hall 7, stand F61 – it’s the place that visitors return to in order to discover the latest developments within the small cell ecosystem. SCF Chair Alan Law will also be taking part in a panel on LTE Network Diversity on Thursday.

       

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    8. World Radiocommunication Conference 2015: Two important spectrum decisions for small cells

      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 ...

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    9. Wanted: Enterprise and multi-operator case studies for Release 6

      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.

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    10. Have your chance to shape vital standards for small cell virtualization

      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.

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    11. SCF Reports on Clear Signs of Progress in Dallas

      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 ...

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    12. As technology lines blur, so industry alliances come closer together

      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.

       

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    13. Small Cell Forum to play key role in Mobile Edge Computing

      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.

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    14. A round up: State of the Market Workshop, Rome 2015

      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.

       

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    15. Champions’ Day: 5GPPP Chief to provide unique insights into 5G + IoT

      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.

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    16. Champions' Day will mark a new phase in the Forum's work

      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 ...

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    17. Small Cells Champions Day – the hot topics

      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 ...

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