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Regulatory Challenges Associated with Deployment of Small Cell Heterogeneous Networks

As consumers’ usage of mobile data increases, mobile networks are evolving in order to cater for it, developments such as: increasing the use of spectrum, new technologies such as LTE and the enhancement of the macro layer through technologies such as MIMO, CoMP, SON is planned to deal with this demand along with small cell deployment, addressing the need for capacity and coverage. Mobile network operators and third party wholesalers on their behalf are deploying new types of small cells in mobile networks. WiFi offload using unlicensed spectrum is the most commonly known type of small cell, but there are others including micro/pico cells and femtocells using licensed, unlicensed or shared spectrum, all these solution require regulatory review on issues including: spectrum usage & allocation, backhaul, power, spectrum allocation databases and suitable sites.

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