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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. LTE in 5 GHz – too good a chance for small cells to miss

      By Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Rethink Technology Research

      LTE in unlicensed spectrum – killer of the free spirit of WiFi, or enabler of new services and quality of experience in the 5 GHz band?

      The question was probably the most hotly debated one at the recent Small Cells World Summit in London, though the viewpoints varied markedly if one wandered from that largely cellular-oriented conference to its co-located event, the Carrier WiFi World Summit. And anyone who feared unlicensed LTE fatigue might have set in by Friday, when the Small Cell Forum held a workshop on the topic, need not have ...

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    12. Deployment stories: Small cells come to life

      At our recent Singapore plenary, we held a ‘State of the Market’ workshop which involved ten ‘TED’ style presentations covered recent breakthroughs in small cell technologies, deployment approaches and business models from our technology providers. Operators too shared examples of how they are using small cells to enhance performance, attract and retain customers.

      A selection of the presentations can be found here.

      Julius Robson, Release Coordinator, shares some of the key themes and highlights

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    13. Vodafone Foundation take rapid deployment small cell backpack to Nepal

      At Mobile World Congress in 2015 we were fortunate to have Justin Waller from the Vodafone Foundation presenting on our stand. The Foundation does some incredible work in establishing communications around the world, and Justin had with him one of their Instant Network kits that can fit into a backpack.

      This week has seen the foundation back in the news, responding to the tragic events in Nepal. Read more about it here »

      A timely reminder of how small cells can be used in the most challenging environments to make a real difference to people who need it the most.

      To ...

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    14. Small Cells Asia: A review

      On 20th & 21st of April, Small Cells Asia took place in Singapore. Asia is home to more small cell deployments than any other region, and is seeing data growth that means it will account for almost half of the world’s mobile data traffic in just a few years’ time.  Set against the background of a varied and fast moving market, expectations for the event were high – and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

      The event was attended by over 300 delegates with half of these representing some 42 different operator companies from 29 different countries. The event has doubled in ...

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    15. Small Cell Forum attend Small Cells Asia 2015

      Sue Monahan, CEO Small Cell Forum

      On the 20th to the 21st of April, Small Cells Asia will be taking place in Singapore. As one of the leading partners of Small Cells Asia, the Small Cell Forum recognises the importance of the event as demand for small cells in the Asia Pacific region is set to increase dramatically in the next four years.

      Asia is currently home to more small cell deployments than any other region, with over half a million small cell shipments in 2014 alone – ranging from solutions to provide high capacity data services to mass deployments, to ...

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    16. Virtualization: Not if but when

      Mark Grayson on how the Forum is addressing virtualization

      You can watch Mark Grayson’s webinar on Network Function Virtualization here.

      Virtualization – and in particular network functions virtualization (NFV) – is in some ways a relatively new subject: ETSI, for example, only began formal discussions of NFV in late 2012. However, it has been clear from an early stage that virtualization is a transformative technology, changing the way network infrastructure is deployed in numerous contexts.

      That is why, since last year the Forum has been discussing virtualization and how it affects and enhances small cell propositions for, let's be clear ...

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