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.



SCF Small Cell Awards 2018 Winners Announced

Enterprise connectivity recognised as annual awards shine light on growing market

Small Cells World Summit, London – 23rd May 2018 SCF (Small Cell Forum) has announced the winners of the SCF Small Cell Awards 2018, recognising outstanding achievement within, and contributions to, the global small cell industry. The awards were presented at the Small Cell World Summit in London last night.

Open to the whole industry and judged independently of SCF by a panel of distinguished analysts, journalists and industry experts, the awards attracted entries from operators and vendors from across the world and the full spectrum of the mobile value chain. The full list of award winners is:

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Residential)

  • Sprint & Airspan Networks Sprint LTE Magic Box

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Urban)

  • CCS – City of London Small Cell Backhaul Network

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Enterprise)

  • Nokia Flexi Zone Shopping Mall and Public Building Deployments

Excellence in Commercial Deployment of Rural, Remote and Temporary Small Cells

  • Parallel Wireless & Ice Wireless – Connecting the Unconnected in Canada

HetNet Software and Services – Management and Automation

  • Airhop Communications – HetNet Performance Insight with eSON360

Deployment of New Architectures Enabling the Dense HetNet

  • Huawei SME Small BTS Solution with LTE Backhaul

Commercial Small Cell Design and Technology (Network and Xhaul)

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprises & SoftBankWorld’s First Dedicated PCRF for Small Cells

Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Technology or Architecture

  • Accelleran – Architecture-agnostic Small Cell RAN-vRAN Solutions

Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Business Case

  • Opencell Multi-operator in-building Coverage Using Small Cells

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

  • Parallel Wireless & TelefonicaConnecting LATAM’s Unconnected with Telefonica

Special Awards

Judges’ Choice – ITRI

Open-nFAPI: An Open Source Project to Accelerate the Adoption of Small Cell Forum’s nFAPI Defined Virtualized Small Cell Architecture

Chair’s Award Mirela Doicu, Nokia

Individual Contribution to Small Cell Forum Activities (Voted for by the Working Group Chairs) Ravi Sinha, Reliance Jio

“The judging panel was hugely impressed by both the volume and calibre of the award submissions this year. The small cell industry continues to evolve to meet the increasingly challenging demands of operators in an ever-widening range of different use cases. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners and all those who participated,” said Caroline Gabriel, Chair of the Judges and Research Director at Rethink Technology Research.

About SCF
SCF is driving network densification worldwide and encouraging the delivery of fully integrated HetNets.

We are a carrier-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.

The SCF 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.

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