Tagged: ip.access

Multi operator neutral host: solving the hotel industry’s coverage challenge

There is no doubt that multi operator neutral host solutions have caught the industry’s attention in 2017. It formed one of the key agenda points at this month’s TowerXchange Future Network meetup and has been a hot topic of discussion for analysts and industry colleagues at panels and events throughout the year. However, there still remains a lot of uncertainty around neutral host approaches: How will it work in practice? What issues does it really address? Is there really sufficient scale to make it truly viable? To help bring some clarity to those questions let’s put it in terms of...

Striking the balance between CBRS ‘hawks’ and ‘doves’

As we draw closer to the end of 2017 momentum is really building behind CBRS (did we mention we’re fans?). The announcement this month that the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the CBRS Alliance will collaborate on addressing technical challenges and business opportunities in the CBRS band is fantastic news for the standard. It seems clear that we can expect the first real world deployments to start in 2018. However, there has been a cloud over CBRS for much of the year as questions have been raised over some of the fundamental details of the license structure of...

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Placing the spotlight on neutral host and spectrum sharing @ Mobile World Congress 2017

2017 is likely to be a crucial year for the mobile industry. Operators continue to face a number of challenges, from flatlining revenues and the end of roaming charges, to an unprecedented demand for data. Meanwhile the promise of 5G and new spectrum remains many years away. As such 2017 is the year that the industry finally embraces neutral host deployment models and spectrum sharing approaches. Neutral host deployments are increasingly gaining traction as operators continue to seek new ways to extend their networks particularly for enterprise users. Meanwhile, shared access models such as Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and...

Urban and rural small cells: Are operators fighting the wrong battle?

It may seem ludicrous to describe the deployment of small cells as an emotional issue, but when it comes to outdoor small cells, the planning meetings are anything but rational. Communities are concerned about the thin-end-of-the-wedge that new cell sites represent and fight tooth-and-nail to prevent what they see as a despoiling of their environment. Local authorities and municipalities are often underinformed as to the issues and options for small cell deployment. Unable to evaluate alternatives, the result is stasis. At the recent HetNet Expo a panel of telecoms executives voiced their frustrations at this situation. The group called on...

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ip.access have been shortlisted for three Small Cell Forum Industry Awards

The Small Cell Forum Awards have become an extension of our partners’ outreach programme. This is because we specifically choose to submit those unique and successful commercial partner deployments which have been made possible thanks to the synergies we achieved with our partners in the deployment of small cells globally. Under category 4: Excellence in commercial deployment (RURAL & REMOTE) we have 2 successful submissions, both equally unique and successful in their own right. Small cells on the move A joint award submission with our esteemed partner, iDirect ip.access and iDirect have combined their respective small cells and satellite backhaul...

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Multi-Operator Small Cells: the Network of Today for the Customer of Tomorrow

Multi-Operator Small Cells are still a rarity.  Yet building owners are crying in the wilderness for cellular in their buildings.  Complaints from owners of buildings regarding the quality of their coverage are met with mystification and inertia by the mobile operators.  We don’t see customer complaints, say the mobile operators.  No, say the building owners, because they complain to us.  Ah, so it’s your problem, says the mobile operator to the building owner.  And the conversation spirals downhill from there. Why is Wi-Fi so successful indoors, yet licensed radio small cells indoors still seen as exotic?  As with most technology...