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
This document provides a comprehensive overview of edge computing. In particular, it looks at how edge computing impacts the future of small cell networks. It also pinpoints existing gaps in the evolution and application of edge computing. Much still needs to be done in such areas as standardization and industry practices. How can these gaps be filled in order to allow edge computing and small cell networks to be deployed quickly and at scale?Download
Our aim is to help enterprise, industry, and government understand the benefits of private networks to support their digital connectivity needs.
We are also working to support private network service providers better understand the benefits which are most valued by the different types of customer.
One of the areas of highest growth and value for private network service providers lies in the delivery of extremely demanding B2B services – SLA-based services, critical availability, guaranteed QoE for enterprises providing services to customers.
Existing service assurance needs to evolve management, operations and analytics to better align with hosted network architectures and the requirements of enterprise users. This work item aims to establish requirements and an evolutionary roadmap that takes account of the needs of MNOs, alternative deployers and their customers.
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Enterprises demand excellent connectivity – including mobile signals for all operators.Download
This paper looks in detail at the architectures and deployment considerations for edge and small cells in specific premises-based use cases.Download
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 programme and outputs for some years.Download
Private cellular networks provide higher-quality, more secure mobile connectivity than Wi-Fi or public networks. They also have a more extensive ecosystem of technology suppliers, system integrators and service providers than proprietary solutions.
LTE-based private networks have been extensively deployed in a wide range of settings. More will follow as 5G rolls out. Small cells ware integral to delivering private networking. They will also enable added network value through edge computing and access to virtualized resources.
Our work is addressing all the ways in which small cells will need to adjust to this new paradigm. There will be new deployment models, new players – such as neutral hosts – and new approaches to spectrum usage. The role of distributed core in the deployment of private networks in supporting a RAN-agnostic network will be a key enabler. Small cells will be key, bringing connectivity into the very heart of private networks supporting ports, factories, offices, government and much, much more.
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This blog explains how SCFs latest research and analysis has identified the need for a blueprint for the profitable roll out of private networks, and it sets out our plans for further work items and release documents on the topic.