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
In this paper we provide a neutral host’s perspective on JOTS consensus UK MNO requirements – both for the UK indoor cellular market, but also how global neutral hosts view this model compared to established and emerging models in their own regions. We also outline SCF’s activities to support commercialization of JOTS in the UK, as well as encouraging similar models which can be supported with common technology and policy frameworks.Learn More
This area of our work aims to capture the requirements driving technologies, standards and regulation supporting hosted and private small cell networks. This reflects the need to ensure future mobile technology standards and solutions take into account the needs of a new and growing set of alternative deployers, as well as those of mobile operators. New deployers include neutral hosts, private network operators, tower companies and systems integrators.
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Neutral hosts are third-party providers delivering radio access networks as-a-service. These firms can build platforms at scale while ensuring that they support the specific requirements of enterprise and industrial services – which in many cases are hard for MNOs to invest in, since their successful model focuses on mobile broadband pipes that provide generic capacity to any application.
The clearest example is deep indoor penetration – neutral hosts are emerging whose whole business model is based on indoor small cells, which have generally been hard for MNOs to roll out profitably. As 5G use cases evolve, there will be neutral hosts supporting more specialized requirements on a national or international scale, such as very high availability and security to support businesses with critical communications requirements.
Enterprises, MVNOs, specialist service providers and the MNOs themselves can then ride on top of these shared systems, greatly reducing their own costs of reaching industrial customers.
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There is an industry-wide trend to apply mobile communications to many more environments and business cases than in the past, and small cells are an essential enabler of that, bringing high quality cellular connectivity to enterprise premises, public spaces, cities and remote areas. But in many of these environments, the business case for MNOs is unappealing.