The organisation recently changed its name from the Femto Forum, reflecting the broadening of its scope to include residential, enterprise, metro and rural cells – collectively known as small cells. The Forum supports, promotes and helps drive the development and adoption of such small cell technologies to improve the coverage, capacity and services delivered by mobile networks. By promoting their use in operator networks, the ever-increasing consumer requirement for using mobile devices wherever we are, with ubiquitous coverage and an uninterrupted service, can become a reality.
CBNL is delighted to be able to share its industry expertise in this area. Graham Peel, CEO, said: “Small cells are set to remodel operators’ mobile networks over the coming years, as operators reveal plans to deploy them in their thousands. All these cells will need a backhaul connection. Our customers are finding that the dense data rich networks that this creates play perfectly to the strengths of point-to-multipoint microwave, making it both a low-cost and high-quality solution.”
A recent report released by Informa Telecoms & Media cited that small cells are set to grow from 3.2 million in 2012 to 62.4 million by 2016 – a 2000% increase – constituting 88% of all base stations globally. With a growth of this rate, the Small Cell Forum has a task on its hands to drive standardisation and regulation within the industry, while at the same time promoting the business case for the technology. As part of this effort CBNL will provide its expertise in promoting and defining the need and requirements for small cell backhaul.
Simon Saunders, Chairman of the Forum, commented: “Small cells are integral to the future of mobile broadband networks – this is a fact that has now been accepted by the mobile operator community. The next major evolution in their deployment will be in the public access space where the technology will boost coverage, capacity and new services in both