5G FAPI specs updated with richer 3GPP feature set
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.FIND OUT MORE
Small Cell Forum is developing a series of technical and deployment blueprints that will address an important gap in the mobile networks market. These will provide common reference designs and deployment processes that reduce the time, cost and risk of developing a small cell network. While based on standard specifications, the blueprints will be specific to certain roll-out scenarios that are not currently addressed by the frameworks of other organizations.
In particular, two use cases need to be urgently addressed – private small cell networks for enterprise connectivity and services and cellular vehicle-to-everything (CV2X) for Automotive industry integrated with smart city services. Both these represent significant areas of near-term growth potential in adoption of small cells, but roll-outs may be delayed or diminished without clear blueprints to drive scale and confidence into the market, and make small cells affordable and easily deployable for a wide variety of stakeholders.
SCF believes blueprints are essential to maximize the deployability of small cells in these sectors because: