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MWC: Small steps and grand visions

Technology innovation appeared thin on the ground at this year’s Mobile World Congress, but the challenge of enhancing performance and capacity by better utilising existing network resources remained a key focus for many network vendors.

Virgin’s hosted small cell offering must accommodate MNO’s to win business

Small cells will soon outnumber macro base stations, a new report suggests

The newly-announced small cell hosting service from Virgin Media Business, dubbed Small Cells as a Service (SCaaS) by the company, is designed to address some of the mobile operators’ key concerns about small cell deployments – in particular with regard to site acquisition and backhaul. But the UK cable provider admits that its talks with potential operator customers still have some way to go before any contracts are likely to be inked.

MWC surprises with signs of a positive vibe

NSN says it got a "good deal"

While technology, in the form of smartphones, tablets and other new devices, has undoubtedly been a driver of change in the mobile industry, the take-away from Barcelona’s annual tech-fest that is the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress, has too often been that networks are struggling to continue delivering profitable services while managing the challenges wrought by increasingly data-hungry users.

Small cells still raising more questions than answers


Small cells promise to boost capacity and throughput in areas of high usage more cheaply than macro cell deployments, while allowing more efficient use of spectrum than macros, and providing improved coverage at the cell edge and indoors. Bringing the radio signal closer to the user should also help to improve device battery life.

IMS still viewed as having revenue-generating potential

Saffron develops proprietary technologies focused on multi-device media delivery

For anyone who thought that voice over LTE (VoLTE) was the only thing sustaining the case for IMS, the evidence from Informa’s IMS World Forum, which was held this week in Barcelona, would suggest otherwise.

Mobile operators need offload to be smart and cost effective

Estimates suggest there are currently 350,000 femtocells and around 256,000 macrocells in the US

While acknowledging the need to relieve capacity bottlenecks by offloading data traffic from their networks, mobile operators are looking for ways to better manage the process in order to maintain customer contact and build value.

The need for a migration path to LTE sounds like surrender for WiMAX


A number of high-profile setbacks in recent weeks have further dented the already weakened business case for WiMAX.

In a widely anticipated move, Russian operator Yota revealed plans in May to switch tack and start rolling out LTE. The company, which has always preferred to describe itself as a mobile broadband provider rather than a WiMAX operator, had been rumored for some time to be contemplating the change. It will start to deploy LTE networks in five cities later this year.

Small cells challenge the macronetwork model

The traditional macronetwork model is under fire as operators look for more cost-effective deployment strategies that target network capacity where it is most urgently needed. It is a trend that doesn’t end with the RAN but extends into the backhaul and core networks and is coupled with the drive to reduce the per-bit cost of transporting data across the entire network.