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.



Three questions with…Dense Air

Company name:
Dense Air

Company overview:

Dense Air provides unique “carrier of carriers” neutral host small cell services to deliver cost effective densification to any existing 4G or 5G Mobile Carriers or Service Provider.

Your name and title:
Paul Senior, CEO, Dense Air

Q1. Your company is a member of Small Cell Forum, so what is your view on the future of small cells as 5G comes in?

In the coming years, to progress the deployment of 5G services to industry, enterprise and end users’ small cells will need to be deployed in support of existing macro public networks. These deployments create a challenge for operators as street level sites and indoor locations require new partnerships and engagements.

Private network deployments for large and medium enterprise across a range of industry verticals are now also possible via purpose built small cell centric deployments. Utilising neutral spectrum assets is a key enabler to ensure private and public networks can coexist in the same location.

Partnerships with cities to access existing street assets, ensuring that 5G deployments reach the underserved, and the deployment of neural host small cells for public and private use cases promises a ROI which will help drive the business case for small cells as the enabler of 5G.

Q2. How do you see the industry changing at the moment and what can the Forum do to address/improve/or enhance these changes?

Across the industry vendors and operators are currently understanding the best solution mix, be that Neutral Host, OpenRAN or shared. This focus has highlighted the benefit smaller vendors have to offer mobile operators, specifically where in-country solutions align to spectrum assets, local regulations, or existing relationships with enterprises – who may now look to migrate to secure private 5G networks.

The Forum continues to highlight smaller vendors and new market entrants. Specific use cases to highlight the early adoption of 5G in private network verticals would be of benefit to industry players to understand the successes but also the failures which can be improved upon as the application of 5G technology matures in the coming years.


Q3. In relation to your business, what are some the key technologies /or polices that are driving the industry (or parts of the industry) forward at the moment, and how can we progress further and faster?

Dense Air focus on the new partnerships and engagements needed for street level small cell deployment. This effort means working closely with cities, communities, and local governments, ensuring 5G deployments – and the benefits and services it brings – reaches all users in both rural and urban locations. EU article 57 (and other country policies) are shaping what technology solution is best for street level deployments and how public and private enterprise can collaborate in doing so. Also, some countries are making available and allocating more spectrum assets for use to enable change in how and who builds networks to create denser public networks and widespread adoption of private networks. The Forum could track these regulatory developments to inform Forum users of these drivers for change.