Tagged: Mobile Coverage

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...

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Evaluating Google’s new virtual mobile network strategy

Google’s launch of its virtual mobile network, Project Fi, isn’t necessarily a traditional mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) scenario; where a consumer brand looks to add mobile services to its portfolio, like Virgin Mobile does on EE’s UK infrastructure. Instead, Google has moved to a position where it can convert traditional mobile operators into utility pipe providers and replace them in the eye of the customer. Clearly a long-term plan for Google, this announcement hints at a huge number of implications for operators. Although initially offered only to Nexus 6 handset owners in the US, Google will no doubt be...

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ip.access to provide mobile coverage on the Moon by 2019

Innovative technology has been implemented in the International Space Station for testing to begin. In less than four years’ time, man will be able to make and receive personal phone calls between the Moon and Earth. Announced today, ip.access has developed small cell technology that will allow space travellers to communicate to Earth simply by using their mobile phones. In a new project that appeals to both commercial companies and space organisations that are actively looking at space tourism as the next frontier for the leisure industry, the solution is set to be fully operational for the 50th anniversary of...

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Think data growth is slowing? Think again.

Cisco recently published its VNI forecast for this year.  In the face of the periodic “data crunch denial” stories, I’ve been tracking this for the last few years, looking for evidence that the data growth is over.  But guess what, it’s not.  The forecast continues to grow on roughly the same exponent as it has the last three years.  There was a correction between 2012 and 2013, but since then – steady as she grows. The world still needs small cells, even if not everyone realises it yet!

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LTE dreams of Spectrum, Wi-Fi dreams of Voice, while users dream of Good Service

Having seen explosive growth over the past five years, Wi-Fi has completely changed the way we communicate and consume data, and cemented itself firmly into our daily lives. Many users can’t wait to switch from mobile internet to Wi-Fi to save their precious monthly data allowance. What’s more, Wi-Fi is growing quickly in the carrier market, with spending rising at a fast pace. An IGR study released in October 2014, forecasted that $3.2 billion will be spent between 2013 and 2018 on the installation of North American carrier and cable-operator Wi-Fi hotspots. So does this mean small cells should be worried?...

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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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The Challengers have been summoned, the race is on!

Nice to see that Gartner Research released their Magic Quadrant for Small Cell Equipment earlier this month, you could view this as the final step in the industry hitting the mainstream.  The report covers both Small Cells in licensed spectrum [3G & LTE] and Carrier Wi-Fi Equipment [stand-alone & integrated into femtocell and picocell equipment].

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Connected wherever life takes you

These days we are a ‘Here and Now’ generation. We want everything at our fingertips, and we want it NOW. The other day instead of ‘wasting’ precious time waiting for my favorite series to begin I turned to my phone.  Not only did I check both my personal and work emails, I updated Twitter, spoke to friends on Facebook, watched a clip from last nights X-Factor on YouTube and purchased a couple of items off Amazon to be delivered to the office the very next day.  I just love the 21st century, or rather I love technology. Being connected at work...

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Who knew ? Housing market now driven by your mobile signal

Isn’t it odd when something you can’t see let alone touch is shown to have enormous value. Perhaps electronic money in a bank account seems intangible, but you can at least convert it to real things with a process we all call “payment”. But compare this to spectrum, the electromagnetic property of the physical universe; it is certainly invisible, arguably intangible, but most definitely invaluable – but in an incredibly strange way.