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Small cells advance towards public use

Posted: 19 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:deployment of small cells? base stations? AT&T? Vodafone? LTE?

The Forum will publish in early December its Release 2, focused on indoor cells for businesses. A Release 3, planned for early 2014, will describe how to deploy outdoor cells for hot spots and big event venues that need high capacity.

"You have to put together the full package in an easily digestible way so anyone can pick it up," he said. "Operators that don't have large staffs can take the lessons from larger operators and overcome obstacles," he added.

Other groups are filling in other pieces of the still-evolving puzzle. For example, the 3GPP's Release 12 of LTE, now in progress, "has a tremendous amount of small cell content in it, like how to integrate small cells with macro base stations" Mansfield said.

Other groups are working on standards for building carrier-grade WiFi, integrating WiFi and cellular nets or automating the process of managing small-cell nets. "It's very encouraging to see the level of cooperation to speed the enhancements we need to the market," he said, noting the forum recently hosted a meeting of reps from the groups.

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