5G FAPI SPECS UPDATED WITH NEW OAM FOR INLINE HIGH-PHY

5G FAPI suite continues to evolve to meet industry needs

SCF has updated its 5G FAPI suite, and released a new specification SCF229 5G FAPI Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) Protocol For Inline High-PHY, bringing to Open RAN fuller virtualized support of inline High-PHY implementations in O-RAN Alliance architecture. These latest releases are further indication of the FAPI suite evolving and meeting industry requirements, and it demonstrates SCF’s commitment to consistently updating and expanding the APIs.

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The SCF Industry Awards

The SCF Industry Awards is the only entirely independent awards event supporting technical innovation in, and the deployment of agile, cost-effective, scalable, cellular infrastructure and solutions by established and emerging service providers. Entries close on 20 March.

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Key information at a glance

  • The SCF Industry Awards is open to the whole small cell industry.

  • The Awards recognize technical innovation and commercial success within the small cells eco-system.

  • Each Awards entry costs £480 +UK VAT. Every submission includes two free tickets to the Gala Dinner and Ceremony held on Tuesday 23 May in London during Small Cells World Summit.

  • Multiple entries may be made across all categories. Businesses and organizations may also make joint entries.

  • Entries open on Monday 9 January 2023 and close at 17:59 GMT, Monday 20 March 2023.

  • See the full Terms and Conditions of entry for details.

Key benefits

  • An SCF Industry Award is the ultimate industry badge of excellence, recognized globally by the small cells eco-system.

  • The Awards are independently judged by a panel of distinguished analysts and journalists. It’s an excellent opportunity to gain exposure of your projects and technologies to leading industry experts.

  • Excellent promotional benefits – finalists and winners are promoted via the SCF website, emails and social media channels. Winners receive trophies, certificates and winner badges to add to their websites and collateral alongside judges’ feedback and photos from the Awards ceremony.

  • The SCF Industry Awards Gala Dinner takes place in London on Tuesday 23 May 2023 during Small Cells World Summit and is a glittering and celebratory event for our industry. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate with your colleagues and peers.

The categories

For an entry to qualify for this category, it must refer to a small cell deployment that is in current and commercial use and has been deployed by a mobile network operator (MNO) – a service provider which holds national licensed spectrum, at least some of it for public access.

The judges will be looking for:

• New ideas related to technology and/or business model.

• Demonstrable and quantified commercial success for the MNO (e.g. cost savings, revenue generation) or the customer (e.g. ease of use or quality of service improvements).

• Clear differentiation in the market.

This category may include award submissions for real, measurable commercial trials, but not lab trials.

For an entry to qualify for this category, it must refer to a small cell deployment that is in current and commercial use and has been deployed by a neutral host. A neutral host is a company that deploys active or passive infrastructure that multiple service providers can use to provide commercial services. The neutral host does not provide services itself to end users.

The judges will be looking for:

• New ideas related to technology and/or business model.

• Demonstrable and quantified commercial success for the MNO (e.g. cost savings, revenue generation) or the customer (e.g. ease of use or quality of service improvements).

• Clear differentiation in the market

This category may include award submissions for real, measurable commercial trials, but not lab trials.

For an entry to qualify for this category, it must refer to a small cell deployment that is in current and commercial use and has been deployed by a private network operator. A PNO deploys networks specifically for use by an enterprise or industry, in shared spectrum, or licensed spectrum allocated to private use. A PNO may be a specialized division within a telco. It does not include MVNOs, OTTs or other service providers that do not build out any of their own small cell networks.

The judges will be looking for:

• New ideas related to technology and/or business model.

• Demonstrable and quantified commercial success for the MNO (e.g. cost savings, revenue generation) or the customer (e.g. ease of use or quality of service improvements).

• Clear differentiation in the market.

This category may include award submissions for real, measurable commercial trials, but not lab trials.

For an entry to qualify for this category, it must refer to a physical small cell technology that is in current and commercial use. Examples include access points, radio units, distributed units, gateways, controllers, xHaul, network-in-a- box solutions. Note that software-only technology is in a separate category.

The judges will look for:

• Clear differentiation from other products in the market.

• Demonstrable and quantifiable performance, quality of experience and/or cost benefits.

• Commercial impact demonstrated by shipment numbers, major deployments or partnerships.

• Contribution to advancement of the small cell ecosystem.

Reference to commercial deployments or results of large-scale trials will be helpful.

For an entry to qualify in this category, it must refer to software for the virtualization, management, orchestration or automation of small cell networks. Examples include tools and services focused on planning, testing, network management, SON, optimization, workflow management and virtual network management and orchestration.

The judges will look for:

• Solutions that ease the deployment and management of small cell networks.

• Solutions that can manage and orchestrate both virtual and physical elements.

• Clear differentiation from other products in the market.

• Demonstrable and quantifiable performance, quality of experience and/or cost benefits.

• Commercial impact demonstrated by shipments, major deployments or partnerships.

• Contribution to advancement of the small cell ecosystem.

Reference to commercial deployments or results of large-scale trials will be helpful.

This category is focused on technical innovations which will help to push the boundaries of the small cell platform and enable new architectures and use cases. It refers to any small cell or xHaul hardware or software. There is particular interest in innovations that progress virtualized platforms and open small cells.

The judges will look for:

• Clear leadership in the level of technical innovation.

• Uniqueness in design, performance or functionality.

• Results of tests and trials.

• Participation in ecosystems or cross-industry initiatives.

• Clear description of how these innovations will contribute to improving the small cell business case, now or in future.

• Technologies which have been submitted to open platform initiatives and/or standards development organizations.

• Solutions which commercialize standard interfaces and so support their adoption.

The entrants can be commercial or pre- commercial and can relate to current technologies or to emerging architectures. They must have been included in public tests or customer trials. Lab tests alone, or R&D projects, are not included.

This category is focused on technical innovation in chips and other components that enable current and future small cells to support new performance levels, architectures and use cases. It includes processors, basebands, system-on-chip, RF front end components, accelerators.

The judges will look for:

• Clear leadership in technical innovation in the component.

• Details of the innovations it enables in a small cell product, now or in future.

• Uniqueness in design, performance or functionality.

• Results of tests and trials.

• Participation in ecosystems or cross-industry initiatives.

• Clear description of how these innovations will contribute to improving the small cell business case, now or in future.

The entrants can be commercial or pre- commercial and can relate to current technologies or to emerging architectures. They must have been included in public tests or customer trials. Lab tests alone, or R&D projects, are not included.

This category recognizes the growing importance of shared and neutral host networks in the small cell business model. The ability to deploy such networks will be enhanced by the development of products and services that specifically enable sharing of infrastructure and active networks.

A neutral host is a company that deploys active or passive infrastructure that multiple service providers can use to provide commercial services. The neutral host does not provide services itself to end users. This category also includes multi-operator models where multiple operators provide services on a single network, that has been deployed by one or more of the group.

The product or service does not have to be exclusively designed to enable multi-operator and neutral host platforms, but must provide such platforms with clear advantages such as ease of deployment, ease of coexistence, ability to differentiate services on a shared platform etc.

The judges will look for:

• Entrants that can demonstrate a direct connection between their product or service, and improved ability for multiple service providers to share and monetize a small cell network.

• Detailed proof points and customer examples.

• Details of the commercial impact of their solution for the service providers e.g. cost reduction, spectrum efficiency, speed of deployment, ease of management/sharing.

The judges want to look beyond the purely commercial implications of small cells and recognize their potential to have a social and economic impact too.

This is a wide-ranging category. In the past, submissions have ranged from solutions that make it more cost-effective to bridge the digital divide in remote or deprived communities; that improve the quality of life, or business opportunities, of underserved citizens; that lessen the environmental cost of wireless expansion.

The judges encourage entries which demonstrate any form of significant positive impact on the socio-economic climate, and the external environment, in which citizens live in any part of the world.

This new award will recognize the role of women in the progress of small cell architectures and business. It will reward significant technical, commercial or strategic contributions to accelerating the development and deployment of agile, low-cost and sustainable small network infrastructure, by individual women, or by organisations that enable and empower the contribution of women.

The judges will look for the following in particular:

An organization that champions and empowers women in senior and technical roles, in ways that can be demonstrated including:

• quantitatively (e.g. percentage of engineers who are female, percentage of management team members).

• in terms of initiatives that encourage female empowerment and participation at all levels (e.g. school and college engagements, flexible working, active reskilling of women into engineering or senior management roles).

· Outstanding contributions made to the small cell industry by a woman or a female-centric team whose impact can be demonstrated (e.g. development of a key technology or patent).

The Judges’ Choice is a special award which recognizes overall excellence, and an exceptional contribution to the development of the small cell industry. It particularly focuses on an organization whose impact is felt to go beyond specific categories.

The judges will select the winner from among the entries across all the other awards categories, focusing on overall contribution to innovation, commercial success, and/or market development across the sector. The Award may relate to the organization’s broader contribution, not to the specific submission in isolation.

Judges

Caroline Gabriel

Research Director & Co-Founder, Rethink Technology Research

Dean Bubley

Founder, Disruptive Analysis

Keith Dyer

Editor, The Mobile Network

Mark Keenan

Chief Executive Officer, Real Wireless

Roberto Kompany

Principal Analyst, Service Provider Networks, Omdia

Sue Rudd

Director Networks and Service Platforms, Strategy Analytics Inc.

How to enter

To enter the Awards, we require the following: your company name or names for a joint entry; company logo (in vector format); the category you’d like to enter; a suitable case study (up to 1,000 words); supporting documentation (optional); and a credit card for payment.

If you are unable to make a credit card payment, please contact us at [email protected] before you start your submission.

After you have entered you will receive a confirmation email, receipt and further information about your submission and how to join us at the Awards Ceremony in London in May 2023.

Top tips to making your entry stand out

  • Always align your case study with the category you’re entering (this is especially important if you’re entering multiple categories)
  • Be concise and clear – you only have 1,000 words to make your point
  • Structure your entry to break down any trials, results, evidence and performance, to make it clear for the judges. Watch our comprehensive tips video by Chair of Judges, Caroline Gabriel, here


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Event timeline

Monday 9 January
Awards entries open
Monday 20 March
Awards entries close
Wednesday 26 April
Shortlist announced; Gala Dinner bookings open
Tuesday 23 May
Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner