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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Neutral host requirements

Hosted RAN high-level design

Small Cell Forum and its members have proposed the concept of Hosted RAN, a global framework for neutral host and private networks. Hosted RAN enables new entrants to deploy coverage and capacity and enables 5G to realize its promises through densification of public networks and deployment of secure private networks.

SCF245 Neutral host requirements part 2: Hosted RAN high-level design, aims to globalize and build on the ground-breaking work initiated by the UK’s MNOs’ Joint Operator Technical Specification for Neutral Host In-Building (JOTS NHIB). However, SCF245 goes further, making Hosted RAN applicable for a range of tenants not just Mobile Network Operators, but also private network operators, MVNOs and enterprises, for indoor and outdoor scenarios.

SCF’s Hosted RAN aims to:

  • support a variety of tenants – e.g., MNOs, MVNOs and enterprises – across global markets
  • support indoor and outdoor coverage solutions
  • leverage disaggregated and virtualized network functions
  • describe a flexible architecture that can cater for a variety of management architectures, giving the neutral host more or less management responsibility, as required

 

Contributors

Neutral host requirements part 1: Architectures

SCF244 Neutral host requirements part 1: Architectures sets out the range of neutral hosting architectures in use and emerging today. In addition to site sharing and DAS, it looks at the new hosting models being enabled by CBRS licensed shared access in the US and the JOTS NHIB framework proposed by MNOs in the UK. The paper, which was released in 2021, set out the proposed Hosted RAN global framework that the part 2 document above elaborates on.

Neutral hosts on JOTS

SCF represents a growing group of neutral hosts and other alternative deployers that have been closely following the development of the JOTS NHIB specifications since they were discussed at Small Cell World Summit 2019. We see this pioneering operator agreement as a significant step forward in the cost-effective delivery of multi-operator services into small- to medium-sized business premises in the UK, as well as being a template for other regions. In this paper we provide a neutral host’s perspective on these consensus UK MNO requirements – both for the UK indoor cellular market, but also how global neutral hosts view this model compared to established and emerging models in their own regions.

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Options for indoor cellular coverage

This guide is for building owners and enterprises. It explains the diversity of service providers that enterprises could be dealing with – carriers/MNOs, neutral hosts, system integrators, private networks providers; as well as the technologies that they’ll be using, including small cells, relays, private LTE/5G, Edge, and DAS. Drawing on real world examples, we aim to help organizations of all sizes to understand what they can do to improve mobile connectivity on their premises, be that as a landlord or a tenant.

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Neutral host, regulation and global best practice

More progressive regulation is critical to the proliferation of small cells that will be needed for 5G, enterprise use cases and indoor coverage. In this video, recorded at the TowerXchange Asia Meet-up, representatives from regulators, towercos and neutral hosts share their views on regulation and what is needed for the future of shared infrastructure. Hear from Ofcom, the UK regulator, DIPA, India’s Digital Infrastructure Providers Association, edotco, Wireless Infrastructure Group and Crown Castle.

Neutral host content SCWS 2022

Enterprise and industry requirements

  • Sector requirements: Commercial property, stadiums, Liverpool 5G – Simon Fletcher, Small Cell Forum
  • A major moment for indoor: how neutral host opportunities and the enterprise are driving small cell growth – Hans Hammar, Ericsson
  • Ann Williams, Liverpool City Council and UK5G
  • Mark Keenan, Real Wireless
  • Enterprise neutral host deployments – real world solutions – George Aguilera, Crown Castle
  • Digital transformation, commercial property and post-Covid recovery – Vijay Sodiwala, Wireless Infrastructure Group
  • Growing multi-operator in-building services – Samuel Buttarelli, Commscope

Presentations

Enterprise service delivery

  • Enterprise requirements, service provider solutions: Alignment or disconnect? – Michele Mackenzie, Analysys Mason
  • Small Cells – Making Cities Smarter, making transport smarter – Andrew Conway, BAI Communications UK
  • Open RAN and the enterprise – Anthony Magee, ADVA
  • Creating a connected UK – Ian Newbury, BT Wholesale

Presentations

New policy new business models

  • Dean Bubley, Moderator
  • JOTS NHIB update: Architecture – Dave Morris, JOTS and Virgin Media O2
  • JOTS NHIB update: Architecture – Soufiane Ayed, Three UK
  • JOTS NHIB update: Architecture – Doug Fripp, EE
  • Speaking on behalf of 5G Americas – US policy evolution – Mark Reudink, Crown Castle
  • European regulation and deployment: Progress and challenges –  Alastair Davidson, Wireless Infrastructure Group (speaking on behalf of EWIA)
  • Servicing the capacity constraints of today and enabling dense urban connectivity of tomorrow Mike Harrison, Cellnex

Presentations

The neutral host model is well-established in certain parts of the wireless ecosystem, such as macro cell towers, but it is becoming attractive to a far wider range of stakeholders in the 5G era. This is because there is such…

Small Cell Forum, the global membership organization committed to supporting agile, low-cost mobile infrastructure through small cells, today released part two in its Neutral Host Requirements series of documents, which details the proposed global Hosted RAN framework for neutral host…

Neutral host requirements: Hosted RAN high-level design