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, 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. Our operator members establish the requirements that drive the activities and outputs of our technical groups.
We have 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, multivendor platform and lower barriers to densification for all stakeholders.
Today our members are driving solutions that include:
- 5G APIs to support open RAN architectures, including MAC/PHY interfaces within small cells;
- virtualization of the small cell layer;
- enablers of multi-operator neutral host platforms, which will help accelerate deployment;
- key technologies to support small cell integration into edge computing and IoT architectures.
The Small Cell Forum Release Program has now established business cases and market drivers for all the main use cases, clarifying market needs and addressing barriers to deployment for residential, enterprise, rural & remote, and urban small cells. The Small Cell Forum Release Program website can be found here
A new era for SCF
As the industry’s focus finally evolves from the development of 5G technology, towards commercialization, SCF have a clear mission for the 2019/20 membership year:
To make mobile infrastructure an accessible resource for industry, enterprise and communities.
In the short video below, SCF’s newly elected Chair, Dr. Prabhakar Chitrapu, of AT&T, and Chair of SCF’s Tech Group, talks about his vision for SCF in the forthcoming year.
There are a number of membership levels available to organizations wishing to join SCF ranging from full board membership which entitles the member to have a role in driving the strategy and direction of SCF, to Explorer membership which is open to non-member mobile carriers that hold licensed spectrum.