Small cell technology has been a hot topic for the past few years. There is virtually unanimous agreement among industry experts that this is the wave of the future for the wireless industry. AT&T’s forecast, for example, predicts that in 2014, small cell deployments will outnumber distributed antenna system (DAS) deployments by a 40-to-1 ratio. Figure 1 presents a relative comparison of small cell growth over other options for managing the predicted data onslaught. All this points to a bright future for small cells, but there are technical challenges that must be faced in order to implement large-scale, small cell integration into 4G mobile networks. Fortunately, technological advancements, such as heterogeneous networks (HetNets) and self-organizing networks (SONs), will enable universal small cell deployments.Read More
Building an urban small cell future from the ground up.
The arrival of Small Cell Forum’s Release Three: Urban Foundations is significant. This latest output of ten new and seven revised documents builds on the important work of earlier releases and introduces impressive and wide-ranging new material.Read More
The Small Cell Forum has launched Release Two: Enterprise – a major technical and business case release to help operators unlock the commercial potential of small cell deployments in the enterprise. Based on the requirements of its operator members, the Small Cell Forum – the only independent operator & industry organisation supporting small cell deployment worldwide – has produced a comprehensive package including 25 new or completely revised documents to help overcome barriers to small cell deployment in the enterprise.Read More
Last Thursday, our friends at the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Forum hosted the Philadelphia in-building community for the first of their famous happy hour socials in this region. The gathering took place at Market Street’s Revolution House. Spirits were high and the conversation flowed into the evening – overall a great gathering for the ecosystem!Read More
The newly formed NYC DAS & Small Cell Forum brought together the NYC area’s in-building industry professionals last night at their official kick off social. OEM’s, SI’s and Operators were all well represented and iBwave was there too. The rooftop cocktail, held at the iconic 280 Park Avenue South, was a great opportunity for the forum’s founding members to network while taking in the Manhattan skyline.Read More
by Vladan Jevremovic, PhD, Director of Engineering Solutions, iBwaveRead More
It's time for Wi-Fi and DAS co-existence – that was the popular consensus during the two-day DAS in Action forum that took place from April 10 to 11 in Atlanta, Georgia. The DAS Forum organizers say this year's attendance increased by 85 percent, a result attributed to the growing role distributed antenna systems play in North American network deployments.Read More