5G FAPI specs updated with richer 3GPP feature set

5G FAPI suite with richer 3GPP feature set to underpin supply chain diversification

SCF has updated the suite of 5G FAPI specifications which underpin the high-performance low-cost components integral to 5G mobile base stations, whether small cell or macro. This update demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the ecosystem to continually improve the standard, adding new features and maintaining existing ones.



Entries invited for the SCF Small Cell Awards 2018

LONDON, 12 February 2018 ­– Small Cell Forum (SCF), the telecoms organization driving universal cellular coverage, today announced that the SCF Small Cell Awards are now open for entries.

The Awards, recognising outstanding achievement within, and contributions to the global small cell industry, take place on 22 May 2018 during SCWS World in London, the flagship global event for the small cell, Wi-Fi and DAS industry, held in exclusive partnership with SCF.

The SCF Small Cell Awards are open to the whole industry, not just SCF members, and they are judged independently by a panel of leading analysts, journalists and industry experts.

Chair of the judging panel Caroline Gabriel, founder and Research Director at Rethink Research, said: ‘The Small Cell Awards become more hotly contested each year, as the diversity and richness of the entries increases. The wide range of entries reflects the way that small cells now support so many aspects of the mobile business, enabled by a diverse ecosystem.

 ‘This year we have added special recognition for small cell solutions which address emergency or temporary requirements for connectivity, an area where they can make a real difference.

‘Meanwhile, last year’s newcomer – the excellence in management software award – has been refined to include specific reference to automation, with this being an important theme for small cells and 5G.’

CEO of SCF, Sue Monahan added: ‘No doubt this year’s awards process will throw a light on more trends and key issues, and influence SCF policy and planning for the year ahead. This is just one of many reasons why organizations will benefit from taking part. Not just the chance of glory in May, but an opportunity to showcase the technology or business model they are pursuing, and help shape the wider agenda for the small cell industry.’

Zahid Ghadialy, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing at 2017 Winners Parallel Wireless said: ‘The SCF Small Cell Awards are an excellent opportunity to receive recognition in the industry – appreciated for their impartiality and transparency, while the judges are respected as the best in their field. There is a category for everyone, big and small to participate. We have been very honored to be recognized for the work we do in 2G, 3G & 4G Open RAN solutions.’

Art King, Director of Enterprise Services at 2017 Winners Spidercloud Wireless said: ‘At SpiderCloud, we greatly value our annual participation in the Small Cell Forum awards. With expert quality judging and focus on the small cell market, winning an award here is very significant.’

The entry deadline is Thursday, 5 April 2018, and firms can submit entries online at www.smallcellforum.org/awards



Full list of 2018 SCF Small Cell Award categories are as follows:

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Residential)

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Urban)

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Enterprise)

Excellence in Commercial Deployment of a Dense HetNet

Excellence in Commercial Deployment of Rural/Remote Small Cells

HetNet Software and Services

Commercial Small Cell Design and Technology (Network & Xhaul)

Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Technology or Architecture

Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Business Case

Social Impact – Promoting Small Cells for Social/Economic/Environmental Development


Note to editors

Small Cell Forum accelerates small cell adoption to drive the wide-scale deployment of small cells and encourage the delivery of fully integrated HetNets.

We are an operator-led organization. This means our operator members establish 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.

Today our members are driving solutions that include small cell/Wi-Fi integration, SON evolution and automation, virtualization of the small cell layer, driving mass adoption via multi-operator neutral host, ensuring a common approach to service APIs to drive commercialization and the integration of small cells into 5G standards evolution.