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.



Small Cell Forum Announces New Board and Member Intake for 2019/20

New members, including Colt, Dense Air and Radysis join to strengthen Forum’s new work programs and continue their critical work in 5G-era

London, UK 28 October 2019 – Small Cell Forum (SCF), the telecoms organization making mobile infrastructure solutions available to all, has announced a new board for the coming year and new members from across the wireless and internet ecosystems, further expanding the organisation’s breadth of expertise in developing 5G Open Small Cell RAN architectures and 5G-era small cell products.

New members include; Analog Device, Askey Computers, Colt, Dense Air, Eurecom, JMA Wireless, New H3C, Radisys, and Senko Advanced Components.

Small Cell Forum also announced its newly elected board, chaired by AT&T’s Dr. Prabhakar Chitrapu. The new board comprises:

  • Amit Shah, American Tower
  • Prabhakar Chitrapu, AT&T (Chair)
  • Piercarlo Giannattasio, Cellnex (New to Exec Board for 2019-20)
  • Mark Reudink, Crown Castle
  • Paul Coffey, DenseAir (New to Exec Board for 2019-20)
  • Randy Cox, Nokia
  • Caleb Banke, Qualcomm
  • Ravi Sinha, Reliance Jio (New to Exec Board for 2019-20)
  • Mark Lipford, Sprint

Small Cell Forum’s new members add expertise and valuable knowledge from across the industry to continue the rollout of small cells, building the foundation for 5G networks. Under new chair Dr. Prabhakar Chitrapu the Forum will continue to focus on enabling the development of multi-operator and neutral host deployments, monetising and developing edge computing opportunities, and the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to all aspects of small cell network planning, deployment and operations.

“The addition of new members sends a fantastic message, as developers, operators and innovators from across the industry join forces to help 5G networks thrive,” said Prabhakar Chitrapu, Chair Elect of Small Cell Forum. “To successfully deploy 5G networks, the Forum unites members from across the mobile and internet ecosystems to revolutionize the small cell rollout.”