Tagged: small cells

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...

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...

Not all small cells are problematic – the enterprise offers a more attractive route to urban densification

The past few months have seen increased media attention and discussion around the quality of urban Small Cell deployments by the likes of Mobilitie and Crown Castle. This culminated last week with the downgrading of Crown Castle’s small cell business by analyst house BTIG research. The incident highlights how urban small cell rollouts are being compromised because of slap-dash workmanship, which is creating an unsightly environmental mess and leading to a political back-pressure against deployments. Rather than being any sort indictment of small cell technology, the problem seems to stem from inadequate policies and working procedures between vendors, carriers and...

RCR Wireless webinar: Scalability, ROI and the business case for small cells

I was recently given the opportunity to take part in a webinar hosted by RCR Wireless to discuss the future of small cells. The industry finds itself at an interesting juncture and it was great to be joined by Iain Gillott, President of iGR, and Dave Mayo, SVP Technology at T-Mobile US, to debate the current commercial status of small cell technology. Here at ip.access we are firmly of the belief that the telecoms industry needs to embrace innovative new business models if we are to realise the full benefit of small cell technology in current and future networks. At...

LTE Small Cells – improving the value proposition of satellite backhaul applications

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a Global VSAT Forum (GVF) conference, chaired by ip.access partner Huckworthy, on the topic of cellular backhaul. The GVF typically looks to promote the satellite communications industry, and given the overlap in vertical markets between satellite and small cells, their invite to attend a cellular focused event was too good to refuse. The day consisted of around 15 speakers from industry (including our own Nick Johnson), each talking on a topic roughly aligned to the conference subject of satellite backhauling for cellular. As each speaker presented and then engaged in Q&A with...

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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...

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Does poor mobile coverage at work really have to be a given?

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes…and unreliable mobile phone reception at work.” The great ‘founding father’ Benjamin Franklin knew the certainty of the future, but maybe now we should add the bit he missed. Why? Well what would he have thought 250 years ago if the candle he needed to work by wouldn’t light? Consistent mobile connectivity is a puzzling problem that we face. When you consider the extremes man has gone to develop amazing technology that can read your mind, create cameras to film the movement of light, and smart glasses...

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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!