One of the defining features of 5G was supposed to be its disaggregated, virtualized architecture. This was going to transform the economics of deployment by
Pulling down the barriers – SCWS to address the critical small cell issues
The annual Small Cells World Summit has become a key fixture in the industry’s calendar, an opportunity for the increasingly broad ecosystem to come together to discuss experiences and address challenges. This is the first year that SCWS will be run directly by the Small Cell Forum, making an even tighter link between the themes of the conference, and the work programs of SCF – which are themselves defined by its members.
Through discussions with operators and vendors round the world, throughout the year, the issues of burning interest to the industry, as 5G moves towards commercial reality, have become very clear, and will shape the agenda in London on May 21-22. There will be seven main themes, each with its own dedicated session.
- Neutral hosting for multi-operator mobile connectivityv
- Disaggregated architectures – NFV and SDN for access and xHaul
- Smart buildings, cities and critical IoT comms with edge compute
- Shared spectrum: CBRS, LSA and license-exempt
- 5G era small cell planning: mmWave, beamforming, AI/ML
- 5G barrier-busting and light deployment legislation
- Indoor coverage solutions and 5G readiness
And of course, SCWS would not be the same without the flagship event of the small cell sector’s year, the SCF Awards, which will be presented at a gala dinner on May 21. Sign up here to secure your place at SCWS, and here to attend the awards dinner.
Mobile spectrum has almost always been awarded in a few large blocks with long-term, exclusive licences, almost always acquired by conventional mobile network operators (MNOs).
Many of the 5G use cases which are expected to deliver the greatest social and economic impact are inherently based around small cells. Indeed, the
Rethink's Caroline Gabriel believes that the reason why neutral host will be a major theme at Small Cells World Summit 2019 is that multi-operator connectivity
Small Cells World Summit 2019 will focus on 5G-Era densification strategies and technologies London, UK 4th April 2019 – Small Cell Forum (SCF), the telecoms organization driving