Small Cell Summit

The Small Cell World Summit 2014, in partnership with the Small Cells Forum, is taking place from 10 – 12 June 2014 in London with a key focus on outlining the vision for the future of small cell deployment.

Small cells’ is an umbrella term for operator-controlled, low-powered radio access nodes, including those that operate in licensed spectrum and unlicensed carrier-grade Wi-Fi. Small cells typically have a range from 10 metres to several hundred metres.

This week the Small Cell Forum, announced the launch of Release Four to help operators open up opportunities and overcome the barriers associated with urban small cells. Within the release, standards for multivendor HetNets are reviewed, and partner ETSI is running Plugfest interoperability events to debug implementations.

Some of the Small Cell Summit announcements include:

The big challenge with LTE small cells is getting enough backhaul capacity to each site, notes Light Reading. “How to get 60 Mbit/s to 100 Mbit/s cost-effectively to each small cell is the challenge,” said Bryn Jones, CTO at UK operator 3.

In a survey commissioned by small cell developer ip.access, a Maravedis-Rethink surveyof 20 tier one mobile network operators, only 20% said that coverage and capacity alone were sufficient reasons to drive enterprise small cell deployment. Some 70% wanted to see additional benefits as part of any deployment.

Fixed–mobile convergence removes the differences between fixed and mobile networks. LTE is all-IP, so unless mobile operators continue to run separate voice networks in parallel, they will inevitably transition to VoIP. Whether broadband wireless could cost/effectively replace DSL or cable modems remains to be seen.

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