5G FAPI specs updated with richer 3GPP feature set

5G FAPI suite continues to evolve to meet industry needs and 3GPP alignment

SCF has updated the 5G FAPI and 5G nFAPI specs, extending the feature sets – including NR positioning and 7.2x FH status awareness. This update demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the ecosystem to continually improve the standard, adding new features and maintaining existing ones.

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SCF is a global membership organization committed to supporting agile, low-cost mobile infrastructure through small cells. Our mission is to make mobile cellular connectivity an accessible resource for organizations of all sizes, and to support digital transformation of industry, enterprise and communities.

We gather requirements from service providers and businesses, and directed by our Board, these inputs shape our work program. Our specifications, technical papers and enterprise-focused outputs are made freely available to benefit the wider industry.

Today our members are working on projects spanning split architectures, Edge computing, private networks, neutral host requirements, 5G small cell products, and policy and regulation.

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Mark Reudink


Small Cell Forum

Sue Monahan


Small Cell Forum

Richard Kennedy

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Simon Fletcher

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Small Cell Forum develops the technical and commercial enablers to accelerate small cell adoption and drive wide-scale densification.

Broad roll-out of small cells will make high-grade mobile connectivity accessible and affordable for industries and enterprises and for rural and urban communities. That, in turn, will drive new business opportunities for a widening ecosystem of service providers. Those service providers are central to our work program, alongside their enterprise customers establishing the requirements that drive the activities and outputs of our technical groups.

To date SCF has driven the standardization of key elements of small cell technology including Iuh, FAPI, nFAPI, SON, services APIs, TR-069 evolution and the enhancement of the X2 interface. These specifications enable an open, multi-vendor platform and lower barriers to densification for all stakeholders.

For more than a decade SCF specifications, publications and campaigns have helped establish business cases and market drivers for small cells, clarified market needs and addressed barriers to deployment for residential, enterprise, rural & remote, and urban small cells.

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