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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,

Paul Kenworthy

Simon Saunders,
Real Wireless

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Next Event

‘Does Cloud RAN/Network Virtualisation mean the end for Small Cells?’ – Small Cell SIG event - Cambridge

Cloud RAN promises to squeeze the most out of available spectrum, achieving very high traffic density from fewer additional cellsites than using a Small Cell approach. The trade-off includes the need for dedicated fronthaul links, typically using dark fibre, which may involve long lead times and higher costs. This cutting-edge half-day event will examine these trade-offs, taking a close look at the fronthaul aspect, opportunities for network sharing and the economics involved. Speakers will include David Chambers of ThinkSmallCell, Dr Adrian Sharples of British Telecommunications, Gael Derven of e-Blink, Andy Hobbs of Airspan and Steve Greaves of CCS.