Small Cell SIG Event - ‘Small Cells and the Enterprise’
Handling cellular connectivity and coverage/capacity issues is a burden for enterprises, who would prefer to save their resources and leave the problem-solving to the Mobile Network Operator (MNO) or a third party. ‘Small Cell and the Enterprise’ is a London-based half day event that will explore the various options and solutions available for cellular coverage from the perspectives of both the enterprises and the MNOs by looking at the business cases, technical and deployment challenges. Speakers confirmed for this event include David Chambers of ThinkSmallCell, Simon Saunders of Real Wireless, Ronny Haraldsvik of SpiderCloud Wireless, Mark Grayson of Cisco and Nick Johnson of ip.access.
While most of the industry focus has been on the residential Femtocells and public access Small Cells, there is an increasingly growing need for Enterprise Small Cells. Distributed Antenna System (DAS) has been the traditional choice for medium and large enterprises and even today, over half of the enterprise coverage is supplemented using DAS. However, while DAS has been a simple solution in many situations, the requirements have shifted from coverage only to coverage and capacity due to the increasing popularity of smartphones. Many enterprises adopt a quick and simple solution to supplement capacity by providing WiFi access and allowing the users to 'Bring Your Own Devices' (BYOD). Having its own challenges, BYOD puts the onus on the enterprises to maintain sufficient and reliable coverage and also manage the security aspects, which enterprises would prefer not do.
Small Cell experts will present on the options available for cellular coverage and conclude the event with a panel discussion: on which technology is most suited to which enterprises - Wi-Fi, DAS or Small Cells.
Speakers confirmed for this event include:
This SIG is championed by Zahid Ghadialy of eXplanoTech, David Chambers of ThinkSmallCell, Simon Fletcher of NEC Telecom MODUS, Paul Kenworthy of Ranplan and Simon Saunders of Real Wireless. We are also extremely grateful to PwC for hosting this event and to Microlease and Agilent Technologies who are kindly sponsoring this event.
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This event is FREE to members of Cambridge Wireless. Tickets for non-members are £180 plus VAT. To join Cambridge Wireless as a member and attend future events for free, please visit: www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/sign-up