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Small Cell SIG

The explosion in popularity of Mobile Broadband is causing congestion on the mobile networks resulting in a less than optimal customer experience.

Bringing the mobile network capacity as close as possible to the user (using small-cell technology) while also off-loading from the overloaded macro layer, will be key to sustaining the demand for mobile broadband. Today, 3G femto cells provided in the Residential, Enterprise and Outdoor spaces provide the solution to this problem. They can improve coverage while simultaneously offloading traffic, thus reducing congestion. They are a platform on which new and innovative services can be built thereby accelerating the demand for these small cells (in turn again helping to reduce congestion). The Small Cell SIG will cover the underlying technology supporting small cell deployments.

 The Small Cell SIG Champions

David Chambers,

Simon Fletcher,
Real Wireless

Neil Piercy,

Simon Saunders,

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Next Event

‘Small Cells enable new commercial business models’ - Small Cell SIG Event – London

Several solutions are being promoted whereby LTE augments cellular service and extends or competes with traditional cellular network operators. These could radically disrupt the traditional cellular infrastructure industry by transferring investment and delegating some operational control to third parties. While some of the cellular industry focusses on technical advances of 5G, this expanded application of LTE is likely to impact more quickly and universally. With multiple technical options, it’s helpful to understand the trade-offs and timescales between them. Join us for this popular SIG Event curated by the Small Cell SIG Group and kindly hosted by EIP. Confirmed to speak are a speaker from EIP, Nick Johnson, CTO at ipAccess, Stephan Litjens, chairman of the Multefire Alliance and Federico Boccardi, principal, spectrum technology at Ofcom. A further speaker to be announced soon.