• Small Cell Forum started life as the Femto Forum in 2007. Founding members included Airvana, ip.access, NETGEAR, picoChip, RadioFrame, Tatara, Ubiquisys and Vodafone. The Forum’s first Plenary was held at the Home Access Point & In-building Conference in London 3-5 July 2007. We announced name change to Small Cell Forum at MWC in February 2012.

  • No. Our aim is to influence and deliver technical inputs that inform and enhance the standards process. We have long-established liaison relationships with a range of standards bodies and standards development organizations including: 3GPP, 3GPP2, BBF, NGMN, OMA, MEF and WBA. The world’s first femtocell standard was announced in April 2009 as part of 3GPP’s Release 8, and interdependent with Broadband Forum extensions to its Technical Report-069 (TR-069). The work was completed in just 12 months following close cooperation between 3GPP, the Broadband Forum and us.

  • Annual memberships run from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015. Companies joining part way through the year pay a pro rata fee.

  • No. Explorer membership is only open to operators that hold licensed spectrum.

  • You must apply for Board membership at the beginning of the membership year. Only Full members can become Board members and the Board is voted in by the broader membership. Contact member services – memberservices (at) smallcellforum (dot) org.

  • Our member site is where we store working documents, member only resources, contacts and a communications archive. If your company is a member of Small Cell Forum, contact member services memberservices (at) smallcellforum (dot) com

  • ‘Small cells’ is an umbrella term for operator-controlled, low-powered radio access nodes, including those that operate in licensed spectrum and unlicensed carrier-grade Wi-Fi. Small cells typically have a range from 10 metres to several hundred metres. Types of small cells include femtocells, picocells and microcells – broadly increasing in size from femtocells (the smallest) to microcells (the largest). Any or all of these small cells can be based on ‘femtocell technology’ – i.e. the collection of standards, software, open interfaces, chips and know-how that have powered the growth of femtocells.

  • Top drivers to deploy urban small cells – worldwide

    Top four drivers ranked in order, with ‘1’ being most significant

  • 95% of our Release Program outputs are publicly available from http://scf.io

    Documents are easily shared with colleagues. Every document has a unique number. To share the overview of the Enterprise Release, for example, just use: http://scf.io/doc/102

  • Our Release Program contains a detailed overview of every major use case.


  • Small Cell Forum’s small cell application platform interface (SCAPI) initiative aims to encourage competition and innovation between suppliers of platform hardware, platform software and application software by providing a common API around which suppliers of each component can compete. In doing this, we follow a long engineering tradition of providing an ‘interchangeability of parts’ to ensure that systems vendors can take advantage of the latest innovations in silicon and software with the minimum of entry barriers and the least amount of custom reengineering. The initiative was initially known as femtocell application platform interface (FAPI). (SCF048)

  • Yes. SCF took over the running of this event in 2018 when Avren Events withdrew from the telecoms market. Small Cell Forum full members receive 20% discount on delegate passes to this event.

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