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    1. Addressing the deployment challenge

      The recently held fifteenth Transport Networks for Mobile Operators conference in London really embraced small cell backhaul. As vice chair, Backhaul SIG of the Small Cell Forum this made TNMO of particular interest to me so I was delighted to be asked to chair the afternoon session on the first day.

      The session was called Small Cells to Leverage the Benefits of New Backhaul Solutions — and that very positive message recurred often during the afternoon. It was also quite gratifying to note that many of the concerns — and indeed conclusions — of the recent SCF backhaul white paper and release programme ...

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    2. The Small Cell Industry Awards 2013: a truly astonishing response

      Since Small Cell Forum expanded its remit just over a year ago we’ve continued to attract new members from a broader diversity of sectors and activity has ramped up within and across our working groups.

      In fact, our name change was a response to a groundswell of initiatives that were taking place even before we extended our remit. Femtocells have been joined by picocells, microcells and metrocells in businesses, government buildings, high streets, villages, and even ships and planes in (to name just a few places) Greece, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, the US, the UK at sea and ...

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    3. Join the backhaul conversation

      This week sees the publication of the SCF white paper Backhaul Technologies for Small Cells — and yes, the timing is deliberate. This year’s Mobile World Congress has already seen increasing discussion and debate around small cell backhaul and this document aims to offer as definitive an assessment as possible of the state of play in this complex and fascinating area of small cell deployment.

      Of course many of us have, for months and even years, been having conversations around the merits (or otherwise) of the technologies examined in the white paper — technologies like millimetre wave, microwave, sub-6 GHz licensed ...

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      Mentions: MWC small cells
    4. Will Africa lead the way? - Richard Deasington, Chair, Small Cell Forum Rural SiG

      I admit to being excited about the potential of rural small cells. Of course SoftBank in Japan has been a pioneer in rural rollout. The operator has installed small cells in remote villages that would not normally be economic to serve, as the population and usage is too sparse to justify traditional infrastructure — but using more cost-effective small cells changes that calculation. And the same company is one of a number looking at the potential of small cells in the developing world.

       But where, you may say, is the mass market? Of course, it would be unwise to overplay this ...

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    5. Time to move out! - Richard Deasington, Chair, Small Cell Forum Rural SiG

      Extending rural and remote coverage using small cells sounds like a rather counter-intuitive concept. Where is the broadband connection if you happen to be in a meadow?

      And yet the business model for small cells in remote areas can be justified, although it rather depends on the area. Take backhaul. Some rural and remote small cell sites will be in locations accessible from existing operator backhaul infrastructure. Of course some won’t. Microwave or even satellite could fill the gap if the price is right.

      Which brings us to not one but two recent Small Cell Forum white papers. The ...

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      Mentions: 3G small cells
    6. Small Cell Forum release programme: an essential — and exciting — initiative

      Twenty-seven important documents. Seven entirely new. A major piece of work on backhaul, another on the rural business case. Plus major updates of all our significant technical work to date. And all packaged up at scf.io with a comprehensive overview of all our residential outputs available for the first time.

      Why now? Well that’s easy enough to answer – we wanted to make all this available in time for MWC 2013. This is a major undertaking and we want to ensure it gets exposure to a wide audience as soon as possible. This is possibly the world’s biggest ...

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      Mentions: small cells
    7. LTE: more demands, more opportunities - Jorge Marcos, SistelNetworks, Hall Congress Square, Stand CS60

      Given that our output includes both the SN4G: 4G Network Simulator and the SN40 HeNodeB: LTE Femtocell, SistelNetworks has a strong interest in discussions about the effect of LTE on small cells. However, I do think we are very much reacting to mobile operator concerns. This year in particular there is much more interest in LTE across the mobile industry but especially from the operator side

      Many operators feel that LTE deployments will permit more, but more bandwidth-hungry, applications that will require much more network capacity. That capacity has to be much smarter. Operators need to put the network resources ...

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      Mentions: LTE 4G small cells
    8. It’s about productivity - Ronny Haraldvik, SpiderCloud Wireless (Hall 2, Stand 2A130)

      I’ve been going to this show for some 12 years. It is, pretty much, the only mobile operator show where operators and vendors get together and don’t just have meetings, but actually make decisions.

      This year, more than anything else, multi-mode, multi-access small cells will be a key focus. However, beyond the coverage and capacity questions I think this year more decisions will be made on what else can you enable. By that I mean not just generating new services for the operators but helping SMEs to do more with mobile. If I was going to use one ...

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      Mentions: MWC small cells
    9. Taking small cells seriously - Stephane Daeuble, Small Cell and Flexi Zone, Product Marketing Senior Manager at Nokia Siemens Networks, (Hall 3, Stand 3B14)

      In my view last year marked a significant change: the first time that many vendors who were not in the small cell space started to talk seriously about small cells. Not just residential femto and outdoor micro for filling coverage gaps in urban areas; the list had expanded to include pico, micro, enterprise and public indoor space. Today there’s a resurgence of indoor generally: more and more operators are looking into how to provide services in the enterprise space for example.

       And there’s been a shift of emphasis from coverage to capacity. Vendors are coming up with their ...

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    10. Indoor cells go public - : Keith Day, VP marketing, Ubiquisys (demo suite 1 EMR.C1-7, Hall 1)

      There’s been a fundamental change since last year: small cells have become a mainstream technology. Small cells are driving a RAN revolution.

      It's not surprising therefore that many more different vendors are entering the market. Nor that the way the small cell ecosystem works is changing quite fundamentally.

      So what is — or should be — is the main focus this year? There are two; both are related to small cells in public spaces. The first is multi-mode small cells: 3G integrated with LTE integrated with Wi-Fi. How are they being blended together? How will they evolve? And how can ...

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      Mentions: Intel LTE MWC
    11. Rural small cells: a perfect storm? - Richard Deasington, Chair, Small Cell Forum Rural SiG

      There will be a lot of small cell stories at MWC. One story still developing is about using satellite as a backhaul mechanism to reach to rural and remote places that other technologies can’t reach.

      Power and siting problems can be overcome. But how do you get the traffic back from the middle of nowhere to wherever your gateway site is when there’s no fibre or microwave? Satellite answers that requirement.

      I’ve got the opportunity to tell that story in two presentations at the Small Cell Zone. As Chairman of the Rural Special Interest group in particular ...

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      Mentions: 3G 4G SoftBank
    12. The main event - Andy Germano, VP Americas, Small Cell Forum

       
      From the Small Cell Forum’s point a view a lot has changed since the last MWC. And not just our name. Last year many in the industry were still discussing going beyond femtos. Since then we've had operator announcements of large-scale deployments based on metrocells and microcells using femto technology. So we’ve actually gone from a name change to commercial deployments in the course of a year!   The commercialisation of the next stage of the technologies — the move to outdoor and public space-based units — is under way. Filling coverage holes is one driver but data offload leveraging ...

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    13. The 'Small Cell Zone' is set to take centre stage at Mobile World Congress 2013

      The Small Cell Forum is once again hosting the Small Cell Zone at Mobile World Congress 2013 where it will provide the definitive one-stop-shop for those wanting the very latest on small cells.
       
      The Small Cell Zone (Hall 7, Stand G74) will feature a daily schedule of public presentations from operators, vendors, analysts and other industry bodies on the major opportunities and challenges facing the small cell market – as well as a showcase of small cell solutions. Presentations will cover all the issues impacting the market ranging from technical challenges such as backhaul to operator case studies, market updates, vendor ...

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      Mentions: MWC small cells
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