Tagged: Neutral Host

Latest small cell deployment forecast puts neutral host strategies in spotlight

Nick Johnson, Chief Technology Officer, ip.access With MWC finally upon us, the commercial reality of the telecoms industry has rarely been more firmly in the spotlight. With the ongoing drumbeat behind 5G there are big questions being asked about the business models that will make 5G networks viable. Nowhere is that question more pronounced than when it comes to small cells. Small cells will be crucial to any 5G future, and at the end of December the Small Cell Forum put out its latest forecast which suggests that small cell deployments could go past 11 million units by 2025. The...

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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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...

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...