Already the UK spectrum auction for 3.4GHz has already been labelled as 5G by the press, while it again provides an increase in spectrum which can help delay the need to densify the networks, but at last ventures into spectrum which cannot provide indoor coverage from the macro network. The promise of even more spectrum but only at the higher GHz frequencies will surely make small cells required, but specification of their use and technology to cost-effectively deploy them seem to continually recede as focus is maintained on evolution of the LTE networks, so is there sufficient impetus to overcome the barriers of planning, logistics and operational costs of a dense small cell network in the near future?
In the UK, the DCMS 5G Test Bed and Trials programme has provided £25m funding to promote 6 x projects across the country, while the planned, larger scale, 5G Urban Connected Communities Project envisages holistic solutions to the design of networks, with a mix of technologies, which might include a “dense network of small cells” in dense demand areas.
As the buzz of 5G grows ever louder in our ears, what is the reality of 5G for small cell deployments in the UK?
This event is curated by the CW Small Cell Special Interest Group and delivered on behalf of UK5G.