Partners Day & Plenary

26 – 27 July 2017 AT&T Offices, Atlanta GA

This summer Small Cell Forum and AT&T are hosting a very special meeting – a plenary with a difference. We’re bringing together a wide range of partner organizations to improve coherence and reduce fragmentation across the industry as we densify networks into the 5G era.

  • In our very first ‘Partner Day’ on July 26, you will hear from leading industry associations, and SCF leadership and working group chairs, as we consider what’s needed to densify networks with small cells, now and in the 5G era. The scope of this unique gathering encompasses not only the technologies required for densification, but standards, interoperability, operational processes, government policy, xhaul, business models and market engagement.

    If your business revolves around small cells, this will be an essential event, and your chance to influence these groups and the way they address small cell issues. Your own developments and ideas will gain a wider audience when they are shared with these high-impact partners.

    Please note: This event is now at capacity and registration is closed.

    This meeting is for Small Cell Forum members ONLY.

    To find out more about joining Small Cell Forum, contact


DAY 1 Wednesday 26 July 8:30am – 5:30pm

8:30WelcomeTopics covered
09:00Technologies for densificationNetwork infrastructure, virtualization with XRAN Forum, multi-operator and spectrum sharing with CBRS Alliance, orchestration and automation with ONAP
10:30Networking break 
11:00Standards and InteroperabilityStandards support for densification with 3GPP, Cloud & edge computing with ETSI MEC, Plugfests for interoperability testing, SON performance and interop tests. Open source testing with ETSI NFV
12:30Networking lunchTopics covered
14:00Operations, regulation, policy
and supporting Infrastructure
Harmonizing deployment processes and cabling, with TIA. Engineering guidelines for back, front and x-haul.  Regulation, government policy and siting approvals with CTIA. Rural and remote deployments with GSMA
15:30Networking break 
16:00Business & marketsAlternative ownership and operations business models, market engagement with our Enterprise and operator advisory councils. Stakeholder engagement towards an expanded 5G era ecosystem.
17:30Wrap up & closeKey themes from the day and next steps

Agenda to include:

  • Technology with standards for multi-vendor interoperability on interfaces/API
  • LTE>5G technology roadmap
  • Tools, training and certification for people planning, deploying and operating the networks
  • Promote clear understanding of infrastructure (cabling) needs to real estate owners and service
  • Regulation and policy changes are needed and how this can be achieved
  • What the markets for 5G connectivity look like and what channels will be used to reach them

DAY 2 Thursday 27 July 9:00 – 5:30 pm

Plenary Day

This will be a member only plenary with working groups drawing up plans based on the inputs from the previous day. A full timetable is available on the member site

Member Only Webinar

SCF All member update: Roadmaps and Atlanta Plenary

Date: Friday 23 June 2 – 3 pm GMT+1

View recording and presentation on the Small Cell Forum Members website


Hosted at the AT&T Offices:

725 W Peachtree St NE, Atlanta


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