The Small Cell Forum today 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 over 20 new or completely revised documents to help overcome
barriers to small cell deployment in the enterprise. The release
includes market drivers, a comprehensive business case, enterprise
reference architecture, SON use cases, co-deployment of cellular with
Wi-Fi, enterprise IT integration, plus backhaul and deployment advice.
Taken as a whole, the release gives the reader the benefit of the Forum
members' experiences and best practice from successful deployments to
Gordon Mansfield, Chair of the Small Cell Forum said: "Addressing the
wide range of enterprise cellular requirements has conventionally been
challenging for operators both from a technical and a business
perspective. Using small cells enables challenges to be addressed in
unique ways, to the benefit of operators and enterprises alike,
delivering value for both.
"The deployment of small cells in the enterprise - which is primarily
coverage driven - can be applied to government buildings, hotels, retail
outlets and hospitals, as well as small businesses or corporate
campuses. One of the key elements of this release is the independent
business case, commissioned from Real Wireless, which finds a compelling
commercial argument for small cells in almost every enterprise context.
In fact in all the cases examined except one, the payback period for
both the operator and the enterprise was found to be less than a year.
"I am personally very proud of the Release Two initiative, which is the
culmination of a great deal of hard work, commitment and innovation from
our members. We are going to see significant growth in the number of
small cells rolled out worldwide in the near future with the total
number of indoor small cells estimated to reach 11.5 million by 2018.
The Small Cell Forum's release program will play a significant role in
making this happen.
This latest release follows on from the hugely successful Release
One: Home, which outlined the use of small cells in a residential
context and has to date attracted more than 30,000 downloads from
carriers and the wider industry - see www.scf.io.
The Small Cell Forum has published more than 50 new and revised
documents since the Release Program was launched in February 2013.
In 2014 it will publish its Urban material in two releases, adding
another substantial body of original work to the small cell industry.
Release Two Enterprise includes the following documents
Release Two is available to download from the Small Cell Forum Release
About the Release Program
Launched in February 2013 the Small Cell Forum Release program provides
a comprehensive set of technical and business documents to help deploy
small cells in the home, enterprise, rural and urban areas. Each release
includes detailed documents on key areas such as market drivers,
business case, and technology information including standards, operator
lessons, and a regulatory overview.
The Release Program is driven by the knowledge that more than 98% of
operators think small cells are essential to their future. Whilst
existing deployments have centred on almost 50 pioneering large
operators in developed markets, the Release Program aims to help every
type of operator from across the globe to roll out small cells.
In 2014, the Forum will publish Release Three, themed around urban small
cells. View the roadmap here http://www.smallcellforum.org/resources-releases
About the Small Cell Forum
The Small Cell Forum (www.smallcellforum.org),
supports the wide-scale adoption of small cells. Small cells are
low-power wireless access points that operate in licensed spectrum, are
operator-managed and feature edge-based intelligence. They provide
improved cellular coverage, capacity and applications for homes and
enterprises as well as metropolitan and rural public spaces. They
include technologies variously described as femtocells, picocells,
microcells and metrocells. The Forum has in excess of 150 members
including 68 operators representing more than 3 billion mobile
subscribers - 46 per cent of the global total - as well as telecoms
hardware and software vendors, content providers and innovative
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