Using blockchain to manage the complexity of small cells: A guide

Blockchain has moved through its hype cycle far faster than many other technologies. The cult success of Bitcoin produced a legion of zealots that saw blockchain as the answer to everything. However, the backlash has been swift, and the phrase “blockchain is a solution in search of a problem” quickly became a near-cliché. As with all hype cycles, blockchain is now settling into a sensible middle ground—not the answer to every problem, but a solution with many compelling specific use...

Small Cell Forum publishes two new 5G physical layer API specifications

The Small Cell Forum (SCF) has published a set of key documents that are focused on stimulating a competitive ecosystem for 5G-era small cell hardware, software and equipment vendors. 

These new documents, which extends last year’s 5G Physical Layer API specification, allow small cells to be assembled using components from different vendors to address a mix of 5G use cases relatively easily.

The new release also includes two new specifications, SCF223: 5G NR FAPI...

Small Cell Forum publishes API to drive unified 5G open RAN

The Small Cell Forum (SCF) has published the PHY API for 5G to encourage a competitive ecosystem for 5G small cell hardware, software, and equipment vendors.

Ecosystem players will be provided an open and interoperable interface between the physical layer and the MAC layer. The PHY API has been developed with the help of a collaborative effort between companies from across the small cell ecosystem, which...

Opinion: How machine learning can help operators detect small cell anomalies

Most mobile operators run heterogeneous networks (HetNets), combining various cell types and technologies. The use of small cells in these networks has grown hugely in recent years, partly because smalls cells supply network coverage for indoor public spaces. Indoor spaces account for roughly 80% of today’s mobile data traffic.

Small cells and HetNets are thus vital to modern mobile communications, but while standard self-organising networks (SONs) can self-heal, this does not...

US outdoor small cell antenna likely to rise by 75% in 2018, predicts EJL Wireless Research

A recent report from EJL Wireless Research, titled “U.S. Outdoor Small Cell Antenna Market Analysis and Forecast, 2018-2022 1st Edition”, states that the shipments of US outdoor small cell antenna increased 84% in 2017. The market is predicted to increase by 75% in 2018, owing to the increasing demand from all four American mobile operators as well as neutral host operators.

The report states...

Nokia to launch the worlds first MulteFire small cell for private LTE networks

Nokia is to launch the first MulteFire small cell in the world to help industries, enterprises, smart cities and mobile service providers leverage global unlicensed spectrum for reliable, safe, high-capacity and high-coverage private LTE networks.

The new Nokia Flexi Zone MulteFire Multiband Pico BTS will pave the way towards 5G connectivity in the future by enabling enterprises to establish a connection between mobile sensor-enabled 'things' and individuals in a more...

Why an increase in small cell deployments is providing a fundamental building block for 5G

A detailed survey by the Small Cell Forum (SCF) has found densification has already started in the present LTE networks and will intensify in the 5G era due to significant changes in architecture and economics of small cells.

According to the research, the industry is already witnessing acceleration of deployments in the enterprise, where deployments of small cells surged by 98% between 2015 and 2017. It is also projected that small cell deployments will increase by up to 1600% from...

Small cell market scaling up but still work to do, argues IHS Markit

A pair of reports by IHS Markit showed the values of the mobile backhaul equipment market and the small cell backhaul segment in 2016. While the value of the former stands at $8.2 billion, the latter has a value of just over $148 million. However, it is to be noted that due to the small cell deployments taking place in a range of locations the market is scaling up.

The report, titled “Macrocell Mobile Backhaul Equipment Market Tracker”, labels the mobile backhaul equipment...

Small Cell Forum aims to enhance smart communities and smart buildings with new partnership

A far-reaching collaboration has been formed between the Small Cell Forum (SCF) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) wherein the alliance will address issues with smart communities and smart buildings.

Both parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to work on technical, commercial, and regulatory solutions. All their existing work and skillset will be put together to develop solutions that simplify and expedite deployment of dense networks and...

How small cells and the cloud are improving the stadium fan experience

Mobilitie, a company based in Newport Beach, California, has installed a new cellular wireless system at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. The new system is expected to provide fans with access to an advanced cellular voice and data communications network that includes over 150 small, digital antennas, remote unit and other network components.

The neutral-host distributed antenna system (DAS) installed by Mobilitie is a flexible, small antennae and radio solution. With the new system,...