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#TBT: Racing to standardize IoT; FCC dips its toes into rural broadband; Dish eyes spectrum auctions … this week in 2014

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! IoT consortia jockey...

How will 5G, IoT and small cells support the enterprise?

As early 5G deployments begin amid expectations that the next generation of wireless technology will be enterprise-led, Small Cell Forum has been exploring the intersection of 5G, small cell infrastructure and the internet of things. "It is widely accepted in the industry that small cells,...

Small Cell Forum, CBRS Alliance partner to drive 3.5 GHz ecosystem

Small Cell Forum and the CBRS Alliance have agreed to work together to drive development and promote the adoption of OnGo solutions for the 3.5 GHz ecosystem. OnGo is the brand for LTE-based solutions for use in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service band. The two organizations said that...

Small Cell Forum focuses on enterprise, 5G

New work program focuses on small cells in the context of enterprise, 5G The Small Cell Forum is sharpening its focus on the large-scale deployment of small cells within the enterprise, laying out a new work program that it says "reflects the growing urgency to...

Small Cell Forum seeks to boost small cell deployments in the healthcare sector

According to a new research, two thirds of healthcare workers have poor cellular coverage at work Small Cell Forum announced plans to work with the healthcare sector to support the deployment of small cells to address the risks of poor connectivity in the sector. According to...

Top network densification trials for 5G

Densifying the networks with small cells is a key part to making 5G a reality, but the most dense small cell networks are still in 4G. Network densification has been used in 4G LTE for a while. As the 3GPP standards committee meets in Busan,...

North American enterprises to deploy 400,000 small cells this year

The Small Cell Forum also forecasts carriers in the region to install almost 850,000 small cells by 2025 North American enterprise are forecast to deploy a total of 400,000 small cells during 2018, up compared to 292,000 the previous year, according to a recent study...

Europe accounted for almost 14% of global small cell deployments last year

European carriers expected to deploy 412,000 non-residential small cells this year Europe accounted for 13.7% of all non-residential small cell deployments last year, according to the latest report by the Small Cell Forum. Last year, carriers in the region deployed 208,000 small cells. In total, 1.52...

Report: 50% increase in small cells between 2018 and 2020

40% of operators to deploy 100-350 small cells per square kilometer by 2020 Small cell deployments are poised for a dramatic uptick as operators hone network densification plans as 5G networks come to life, according to new research published by the Small Cell Forum. The paper,...

Survey: Densification picks up, with an eye on 5G

Small Cell Forum says growth is ramping up A new survey shows that nearly 60% of operators expect to focus on small cells in the first years of 5G deployment, as they roll out targeted densification to support enhanced mobile broadband and other 5G use cases. The...

Industry coalesces around long-term small cell vision ahead of 5G

Small Cell Forum collaborates with industry standards bodies to support densification ahead of 5G Network densification is seen as an imperative to support the vision of 5G. This requires many things: more fiber, more cell sites--at both the macro level and major increases in the...

Neutral host, multi-carrier small cell model gets industry accolade

Small cell deployments have lagged behind projections for years. Carriers are largely using the devices to provide pinpoint demand and capacity, but in terms of providing a multi-carrier solution, most commercially available small cells require infrastructure for each carrier. However, companies like Baicells, SpiderCloud...

3 takeaways from Small Cell Forum Release 9

Marking its 10th anniversary, industry advocacy group Small Cell Forum published Release 9, which covers a broad range of small cell-related topics, both technological- and market-based. “The next few years will see densification on a massive scale of both existing 4G networks as well as...

Automotive, real estate, hospitality and health care interests focus on small cell

The broad in-building wireless market, including small cell vendors, is increasingly targeting sales to the enterprise market as a way to solve for current coverage and capacity problems, as well as set the stage for enterprise-facing internet of things initiatives such as smart lighting,...

The benefits of small cells for the enterprise segment

Enterprises and businesses around the world are increasingly adopting small cells as they become aware of the benefits. As business becomes increasingly dependent on high quality mobile connections, organizations of all sizes are looking to deploy small cells to deliver improved coverage, capacity and...

Solving the problems with small cell siting

The Small Cell Forum and 5G Americas look to accelerate small cell deployments. Small cells are seen as a key enabler of high-speed mobile broadband, particularly in crowded, urban areas where the macro network can't keep up with demand. Similarly, small cells can...

The case for multi-operator small cells in the enterprise

In its latest Release 8 documentation, the Small Cell Forum makes the case for using sharing models to enable enterprises to take advantage of small cells. The key to multi-operator small cells, according to the industry advocacy group, is virtualization – separating the network...

Guide of best practices for virtualization released by Small Cell Forum

DALLAS – The Small Cell Forum published its latest technical guide detailing best practices for operators planning to deploy network functions virtualization. Small cell virtualization is expected to be a key enabler of "5G" technology, heterogeneous networks, enterprise services and the "internet of things"...

AT&T exec tapped to chair the Small Cell Forum

The London-based Small Cell Forum has appointed AT&T's director of RAN product information, David Orloff, as the new chairman of the industry group. Small Cell Forum advocates for adoption of small cell technology and solutions, along with integrated hetnets, with an emphasis on enterprise digitalization....

5 key takeaways from Small Cell Forum Release 7

With the latest installment in its release program, Small Cell Forum is both focusing on practical operational elements for current hetnet implementations and taking a look forward to the role that small cells will play in "5G." “The whole target is really about ensuring...

Neutral host networks are key to in-building wireless

Wireless 20/20 consultant calls neutral host a 'win-win for MNOs and venue owners' Currently, carriers, enterprises and venue owners are focusing network infrastructure investment on providing the same level of cellular coverage and capacity that end users expect outdoors inside a wide range of buildings....

NGMN Alliance focuses on 5G testing, architecture

NGMN Alliance sets new 5G testing work items The Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance plans to focus on 5G technology testing and trails, end-to-end architecture and "vehicle-to-x" communications as part of its 5G work. The NGMN Alliance board last week agreed on new work items in...

Small cells, SON will be central to 5G

Small Cell Forum: 'Hetnets and 5G are inherently based around density and small cells' With the publication June 29 of its Release 7, the Small Cell Forum focuses on the centrality of self-organizing network technology to next-generation "5G" networks. Small Cell Forum Chairman Alan Law stressed...

Free from the past, Parallel says self-healing SON is the future

LONDON – For a company that only sprang to life less than four years ago, New Hampshire-based startup Parallel Wireless has been blazing a trail across the small cell industry, and a company officials says self-optimizing networks is key. While the company’s heterogeneous network gateway...

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