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    1. Urban small cells – the greatest hits

      It may come as little surprise to hear that the enthusiastic response to Release Four has been accompanied by increased online interest in its predecessor. After all, Release Three and Release Four each cover important facets of the rollout of small cells in the urban environment. Together they cover just about everything an operator or vendor could need to know about urban small cells to date.

      ‘To date’ is the key term here. There is a clear industry thirst to understand the basics of this new market and how it works – or, more accurately, how it is working right now ...

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    2. Evaluating Technical and Strategic Considerations Driving Voice Services in the LTE era!

      Small Cell Forum members receive a 10% discount on the LTE Voice Summit.

      With 2014 being the year to see the launch of VoLTE by many carriers, there is still much discussions around the best way to deploy voice services.

      The LTE Voice Summit 2014 will be addressing current challenges, issues and ways to optimize the networks that have come forth from trials and live deployments, seeing case studies from LG Uplus, SK Telecom, NTT Docomo, 3 UK & many more sharing their VoLTE experience.

      Furthermore this year's summit will concentrate on how operators can leverage VoLTE networks to protect ...

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    3. Wi-Fi and Small Cells MENA Summit: 27-28 October 2014 DUBAI

      Carole Mayhew of Avren has written a guest blog to share what visitors can expect at the Wi-Fi and Small Cells MENA Summit event in Dubai.

      Avren’s Wi-Fi and Small Cells MENA Summit is recognised for bringing together the key stakeholders in the market to discuss the developments in this industry and future plans to build smart cities in the MENA region.

      In exclusive partnership with the Small Cell Forum and supported by the Wi-Fi Alliance, and other partners such as GSMA, Jumeirah Group, Access Partnerships and Zayed University, the event will take place from 27-28 October 2014 in ...

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    4. Multi-vendor SON addressed as part of second Small Cell Forum LTE Plugfest

      Who can resist Paris in July? Certainly not 65 engineers from 27 companies that came together for Plugfest 2014, working towards greater interoperability and economies of scale in order to bring to bring the small cell mass market closer.

      It was our fifth Plugfest in partnership with ETSI and hosted at the Orange Labs in Paris 23 June – 2 July. It was great to see so many new and familiar faces – in fact, our attendance almost doubled from last year.

      It was the second year we had focused exclusively on LTE small cells. Testing concentrated on S1, X2 and management ...

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    5. Virtualization and Release Five – have your say in Milan 16 -18 September

      The Small Cell Forum plenary in Milan is an important event for the Forum and provides us with the opportunity to capitalize on the work we have completed so far and accelerate the progress Release Five: Rural & Remote. With all working groups well attended in Milan, we will be able to complete all the documents necessary to launch it at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March 2015.

      Release Five will take the learning and expertise that has brought small cells to homes, businesses and city centers, and apply it to isolated areas where mobile coverage can be patchy ...

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    6. Release Five: The challenge and benefits of small cell deployment in Rural & Remote areas

      Small cells are gaining strong traction in areas once considered too challenging to address. As the case studies paper in our Release Four content makes clear, small cells are not just economically and technically feasible in the urban context but a competitive necessity that is already inspiring real world rollouts.

      And now the economic argument is going much further. A mobile operator may have invested in a mobile payment system but it’s only useful if you use it in all locations.

      If maritime, mining, oil and gas, emergency, disaster recovery and private network solutions can all make use of ...

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    7. London 2014: Small Cell Forum Workshop – share the presentations

      Following a successful Small Cells World Summit, Small Cell Forum hosted an open-workshop on Friday morning on the Release Program and the future path of the forum.

      Attended by key industry analysts alongside forum members and non-members, the workshop looked at the success of the Release Program to date. Julius Robson of CBL and Nick Johnson of ip.access reviewed the reach, impact and implications of Releases Three and Four. In less than a week there were over 2000 downloads of the Release Four documents and we’re grateful to all those who have contributed so far.

      Julius was then ...

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    8. Release Four: Opening up opportunities and overcome barriers associated with urban small cells

      Release Three was, by any standards, a wide-ranging and important document. But we knew even then that there was much more to be said about urban small cell networks.

      Welcome to Release Four.

      This is still a relatively new area for small cell deployment. It’s also a very exciting one, promising much in terms of enhanced services and revenue generation. But it’s also an area that asks a lot of questions of both operators and vendors, many of them highly technical. Hence Release Four, much of which expands and enhances the technical work begun in Release Three on ...

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    9. 10-13 June 2014 – An eventful week for the Small Cell Forum

      We are taking advantage of many of our members attending the Small Cell World Summit in London 10-12 June to pack in as much activity as we can. Don't forget – SCF Members receive a 20% discount. You can still book your place »

      Here's what you have to look forward to:

      Tuesday 10 June: CEO Sue Monahan opens the Small Cell World Summit with news of Release Four: Urban. You can find out more about the Release here »

      Wednesday 11 June: The Small Cell Industry Awards will be announced as part of the networking dinner at ExCel. Don't ...

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    10. Release Four: signposts to an exciting future from an innovative present

      It’s something of a cliché to say that something is well worth the wait, but as work on Release Four nears completion we feel that the Forum and its members will soon be presenting a body of work that has thoroughly justified the decision to extend our examination of urban small cells across two releases.

      Release Three: Urban Foundations offers an outline of the business case and market drivers and some of the technical challenges for urban small cells. To this we will soon be adding the valuable insights contained in Release Four: Urban. This release takes on many ...

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    11. Urban, rural and beyond: the Small Cell Forum Release Program – A free workshop from the Small Cell Forum

      On Friday 13 June, following Small Cells World Summit in London, Small Cell Forum will host a FREE workshop to describe and debate our latest Urban release, explore the scope Release Five and discuss the priorities of the program moving forwards.

      The workshop, held 9:15-12:30, followed by a networking lunch, in EXCEL London, is open to members and non members alike. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss, challenge and contribute to this influential body of work and the chance to shape the future of the industry.

      Pre event registration is essential. Register now >

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    12. LTE World Summit

      Informa Telecoms & Media have written a guest blog to outline what visitors can expect from the LTE World Summit event in Amsterdam.

      LTE World Summit is now 10 years old, and to celebrate, the world's leading 4G event returns to Amsterdam for our biggest and best show yet!

      The event will bring together 3,500+ attendees, 150+ exhibitors and 300+ speakers this coming June, and as the LTE industry continues to evolve, so does LTE World Summit.  Reflecting the progressions in the industry, the show takes place across 3 days allowing for specific topic focus days and a stronger ...

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    13. Release Three: the top downloads

      First of all, many thanks to those of you who joined us in Singapore. An impressive turnout was matched by some impressive work as we put the finishing touches to Release Four and continued to spread the news about Release Three.

      Not that we’ve actually needed to remind that many people about this release. Within a very short time the response to Release Three has been extraordinary.

      We’ve even been able to chart the popularity of the Release Three papers among members and site visitors. So here are the top ten most downloaded documents:

      • Release Three overview
      • Market ...
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    14. Small Cell Forum Members receive discount on Small Cells Asia

      Carole Mayhew of Avren has written a guest blog to share what visitors can expect at the Small Cells Asia event in Singapore next week.

      Avren's Small Cells Asia event co-located with Carrier Wi-Fi Asia takes place next month in Singapore. The event is run in exclusively partnership with the Small Cell Forum and all members can save 20% on standard fees.

      The event boasts senior level speakers from operators including SK Telecom, Singtel, StarHub, M1, Softbank, KDDI, Chunghwa, Maxis Communications, Celcom Axiata Bhd, China Unicom, NTT DoCoMo, Telkom Indonesia, True Corporation and PT Telelomunikasi.

      StarHub are Host Operator ...

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    15. Small Cell Forum at the Competitive Carriers Association Expo

      The Small Cell Forum recently signed an MoU with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA).  Both organizations recognize the importance of supporting regional carriers in their drive to deliver coverage to remote and rural communities and this is the focus of the collaboration. The first deliverable to come out of the agreement was a roundtable workshop at the CCA's recent Global Expo in San Antonio, Texas.

      Small Cell Forum CEO Sue Monahan provided Expo delegates an overview of the Forum and our activities, including the Release Program and recent operator inputs. The Chair of SCF’s Rural Special Interest Group ...

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    16. See you in Singapore...?

      Our Singapore plenary is fast approaching. It promises to be a significant meeting for anyone interested in the opportunities presented by the Asian market, Small Cell Forum Release Four, and the important work that's currently in progress to complete our Urban outputs.

      Many of the world's leading operators in the small cell space are based in the region and many more will be present for the Avren Small Cells conference, presenting an exciting opportunity to engage these players in the priority issues on the forum's agenda.

      APAC is set to lead the way with urban deployments for ...

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    17. A message from our audience: operators speak out on urban small cell market drivers and barriers

      One of the core features of the market drivers section of Release Three – and something of a departure for the Release Program – is a specially commissioned survey. Essentially, it outlines both the drivers and barriers that operators perceive as relevant to the rollout of urban small cells.

      It’s hardly giving away a secret to let you know that the main driver that operators pinpoint is capacity and the main barrier cited by operators is backhaul. What is very interesting are the other popularly cited drivers – a few of which may not come into play until some time after initial ...

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    18. Urban small cell market drivers that matter now – and that could matter soon

      So what exactly is driving the move for small cells from the home and business to the street, station and stadium? In a word: you. Mobile phone users are becoming mobile smartphone, tablet and laptop users. They’re working and communicating on the move. They’re making and uploading content as well as downloading it. Admittedly the rollout of LTE and LTE-advanced networks is helping them to pursue that aim but it’s also encouraging it.

      All of which is already making demands on most networks that few could meet for long without a drastic reassessment of network topology. Which ...

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    19. SCF awards will reflect rising commercial impact of small cells

      Caroline GabrielCaroline Gabriel, Research Director, Maravedis-Rethink

      Now the Oscars are over, the wireless industry can step up a gear. The Small Cell Forum Industry Awards has become a fixture on the calendar, and has won a reputation for an open and transparent process which the Academy Awards should envy. As a judge since the awards were set up, it is interesting to see how changes in the categories, and the companies vying to win, reflect wider change in the segment as a whole.

      In recent years, there has been an expanded focus in the awards categories, embracing public access and enterprise ...

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    20. New readers start here: how our overview paper can guide you through Release Three content

      When we decided to tackle the job of bringing together every possible piece of information and guidance that could help to advance an urban small cell market, our first question was “Where do we start?” Luckily, this isn’t a question that you, the members of the target audience for Release Three, need to ask.

      As well as a selection of papers that many of you will already know, covering general aspects of topics like backhaul and SCAPI, updated papers like 030 Small Cells – Big Ideas, and twelve new papers (with many more to come in Release Four), we have ...

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    21. Small Cell Network Design: How to make it Simple

      The process of planning, deploying and maintaining enterprise small cell networks needs to be significantly simplified in order for large scale deployments to be economically feasible.

      As with any new technology, small cells are poised to solve many of the issues facing the wireless industry at the moment but they also bring with them their own set of challenges. Based on discussions we’ve had with major players in the industry, the following challenges were recurring nearly everywhere we asked.


      1. Scale of Deployments
        The sheer scale of deployment that is being envisaged, and even ...
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    22. Enterprise small cells: the business of cellular

      Mobile World Congress is a matter of days away and Quortus is delighted to be participating once again on the Small Cell Zone at this year’s show: it is undoubtedly the place to be for anyone in Barcelona interested in hearing about small cells, boasting a speaker programme from across the ecosystem with a deep and varied knowledge base.

      Quortus will be presenting twice on the Small Cell Zone over the course of the event at 12.00 on Tuesday 25th February and 15.30 on Wednesday 26th February. Our CEO Andy Odgers, who served on the Forum’s ...

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    23. Small Cells Asia/Asia Plenary

      The next Small Cell Forum plenary will be held in Singapore 9–10 April 2014, with a board meeting on 8 April 2014. It will be co-located with Avren’s Small Cells Asia event, held at the same venue on 7–8 April 2014.

      Organized by Avren Events and in exclusive partnership with the Small Cell Forum, Small Cells Asia brings together the most important pioneers and experts in the industry. Avren have shared with us some of the key highlights of the event, and the news that StarHub have joined the event as host operator.

      StarHub joins Small Cells ...

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    24. Join Plugfest – bringing the small cell mass market closer

      Organized in partnership with ETSI for the 4th year running

      The small cell mass market is certain to happen. However, without greater interoperability – and thereby economies of scale – it will be delayed. Costs absolutely have to be minimized.

      That is the thinking behind the Small Cell Forum’s series of testing events – or Plugfests. Plugfests aim to bring closer an effective ecosystem of interoperable small cells, minimize costs and thereby speed time to market.

      The Plugfest series, organized in partnership with ETSI, has been strongly supported by operators and vendors. In fact each Plugfest has welcomed more equipment vendors, test ...

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