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Virtualization: Small Cell Forum launches Release 5.1



London 9 June 2015: At Small Cells World today, Small Cell Forum Chair Alan Law announced the launch of Release 5.1, the first phase of the Forum’s breakthrough analysis of small cell virtualization.

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The Release identifies a clear opportunity to support an accelerated industry transition to virtualized small cells with a virtualized FAPI (nFAPI) based on a MAC/PHY split.

Release 5.1 covers the technical and commercial analysis of virtualization options, along with their respective costs and benefits. With research from Maravedis-Rethink indicating that the majority of operators deploying small cells will also look to deploy virtualization in parts of their RAN, and that over 90% of those operators deploying cloud-RAN will also be using urban small cells, there is an urgent need to fully assess the virtualization split options and understand how virtualized small cells will align with the centralized and virtualized macro RAN.



FREE WORKSHOP: Small Cells and License Exempt Spectrum: Carrier Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Calling and LAA



Friday 12 June 2015 9:30-1:30 BST
Crowne Plaza, London Docklands

If you're in London this week, you can register for our annual workshop. This year we will review the license-exempt options currently being considered and hear from industry analysts who have already completed work in this area. It’s an interactive workshop with open discussion where you can share your views and learn more about the pros and cons of the various options.

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