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.

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Small Cell SON and Orchestration from 4G to 5G

Small Cell SON and Orchestration from 4G to 5G

Automation is a key goal for most operators deploying next generation networks. With increasing numbers of cells being deployed to extend their 4G and 5G networks, the quantity of cells is becoming impractical to manage and optimize manually.

Full end-to-end automation is the ultimate, if distant, goal for many MNOs. SCF is engaged in making steps towards this goal clear and deployable for operators of all kinds. One of the first and most important examples of automation being developed for the RAN is SON (self-organizing or self-optimizing network), which has been a central element of SCF’s work program and outputs for some years. With the opportunity to accelerate at-scale densification at stake, SCF’s latest SON-related Release is a foundational paper entitled ‘Small Cell SON and Orchestration from 4G to 5G’.

This paper offers a valuable set of recommendations for how automation should be baked into 5G standards, products and process. It also considers how technology changes such as virtualization, slicing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and RIC will impact SON.

SCF233 Small Cell SON and Orchestration from 4G to 5G

Balaji Raghothaman describes how the experience gained by the small cell industry in commercializing Self Organizing Network technology can be applied in the 5G Era.

A heavy dose of automation is a key goal for most operators deploying next generation networks. The more they extend their 4G and 5G networks with dense hotzones of capacity, or deep indoors, the more cells they will roll out….

White paper captures 10 years’ experience of commercializing SON in over 18 million small cell deployments Details implementation recommendations for key 5G technology trends including disaggregation, virtualization, private networks and analytics with AI/ML London, UK 20th February 2020 Small Cell…

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