Category: Events


Taking stock – the importance of connectivity

As the industry catches its breath after the annual flurry of activity around Mobile World Congress (MWC), it’s a good time to quickly reflect on some of the trends for the rest of 2017 that emerged from the event. Cutting through the usual hullaballoo it was possible to identify three key themes: the accelerating evolution and commercial relevance of the internet of things (IoT); the emergence of extreme low latency as the key differentiator in 5G; and the growing importance of neutral host. Of these themes, it is perhaps most encouraging to see genuine progress on IoT. There are still...


Exploring real world use cases for small cell neutral host

Last week we had the pleasure (and pressure) of hosting a workshop at Small Cells Americas on the emerging hot topic of neutral host service provision. Organising these things is always nerve-racking. Is anyone going to turn up? Will the earlier workshops say everything we were planning to say? Will people be bored senseless and leave en masse halfway through? All of these emotions will be familiar to anyone looking to stick their neck out and say something interesting to a group of their well-informed peers. But I needn’t’ve worried. We had a great panel who just lit the place up with challenging insights and ideas. Bryan...


Enhancing indoor coverage: The spectrum sharing opportunity

Over recent years, mobile operators have faced falling or flat lining revenues, while the demand for enhanced indoor cellular coverage and data capacity has continued to grow at an unprecedented rate. Operators’ struggles to deal with these twin challenges are directly impacting businesses. A Nemertes survey revealed that a staggering 94% of businesses globally agree that the quality of cellular coverage affects their business in some way. However, what’s even more concerning is that the same survey found that 45% of those businesses are seriously frustrated with their mobile voice quality. These frustrations mean that business owners are increasingly prepared...

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Oh what a night!!!

The Small Cell Forum Industry Awards has to be my favourite time of the year in the ‘small cell world’.  There’s a certain excitement in the air when you have all the top players in the ecosystem compete for recognition while at the same time cheer each other on as the winners get announced and make their way to the podium.  This year’s SCF awards had a staggering 65+ submissions from which the independent panel of judges selected the deserving winners. The Forum themed this year’s evening as ‘The Night of a Thousand Stars’ and it surely felt that way...

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If you love your Spectrum, set it free

Last week was a busy week in the small cells world.  The Small Cells Americas conference was held in Dallas, co-located with the Small Cells Backhaul, and Carrier WiFi Americas.  Not only that, the quarterly plenary meeting of the Small Cell Forum overlapped with one of the days of the conference.  And not content with that, ETSI’s Mobile Edge Computing initiative (kicked off in September) had the first meeting of its Industry Specification Group (ISG) in Munich the same week! 

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Just Carry on Plugging Away… Building Confidence under the Seine

A week or so ago, I enjoyed a couple of subterranean days under the banks of the Seine at a Small Cell Forum Plugfest along with other of my ip.access colleagues, representatives from 26 other companies as well as some great people from Orange and the ETSI Plugtest™ team. Why? – In the end it’s all about confidence…

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Small Cells in a Big Venue.

Last year, the Small Cell World Summit crammed into the Hilton Metropole in central London, and you could hear the place creaking at the seams.  “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”, said Carole, and moved us all this year to the banks of the Albert Dock, far away in the Mysterious East of London.  Alongside the big boat, there’s an even bigger conference venue – the ExCel – big enough to host three parallel small cell conferences and an ad-hoc session of the Small Cell Forum. It was the occasion for the launch of our Presence Cell – a new...

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ip.access small cells deployed by humanitarian aid workers to save lives and support survivors

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, killing more than 6,000 people and wreaking widespread devastation, a small cell system developed by ip.access, Private Mobile Networks (PMN) and TLC Solutions (TLC) restored vital communications in some of the worst affected areas of the country in the early aftermath of the disaster. This was invaluable in helping humanitarian aid workers to save lives and support survivors. The small cell system is part of the Pre-Positioned Expeditionary Assistance Kit (PEAK) that the U.S. Department of Defense deploys in humanitarian aid and disaster relief situations. “It is important that small cells...

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Small Cells World Summit 2014

This year’s Small Cells World Summit was in a  different league from previous years for a number of reasons. From a show perspective it was held at the ExCeL in London, as opposed to a Hotel in Central London, but more importantly it was co-located with the Small Cells Backhaul Summit and Carrier Wi-Fi, which widened the breath of reach and introduced some new players in the exhibition hall. This made the whole event much more varied, yet still focused on the Small cells and the wider ecosystem.  An interesting new addition to the structure of the event was how...