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Femto Forum rebrands to Small Cell Forum as Ericsson joins board

The Femto Forum has announced that is has changed its name to the Small Cell Forum, as it look to bring all outdoor small cell technologies under its umbrella. Small Cell Forum chair Simon Saunders told Telecoms.com that the new name would better reflect its work, which embraces residential, enterprise, metro and rural small cells in addition to indoor Femtocells and that the expanded outlook beyond residential devices had encouraged telecoms vendor Ericsson to join the board.

LTE and the backhaul challenge

LTE mobile broadband has already been rolled out in some markets and is on the verge of deployment in many more, but as data consumption grows, a challenge that will face operators is how to backhaul their LTE networks. Without enough backhaul capacity for their networks, network customers will not feel they are getting the level of service they have paid for, which is one of the prime causes for customer churn.

Small cells to provide 2G, 3G and 4G access in one solution

Small cell vendor IP Access has unveiled a new solution, called nanoConverge, which provides mobile operators with a single converged 2G and 3G small cell Radio Access Network. The firm also plans to add LTE capability and also enable operators to run larger volumes of 2G, 3G and 4G small cells from a single converged nanoGateway next year.

Small cells star in LTE market

The LTE equipment market is set for some impressive growth in the next few years according to a report from market research firm Dell ‘Oro Group. The new report states that as a whole the LTE equipment market will enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 81 per cent over the next five years, hitting US$8bn by 2015. Revenue from small cells will be a major contributor to that, the report states, representing 9 per cent of the total LTE enode B revenue, as operators begin to actively employ picocell technology.

Ubiquisys announces Intel powered small cells

Ubiquisys, the femtocell vendor, has announced a partnership with chip manufacturer Intel to develop a new range of intelligent small cell base stations. The devices will feature Ubiquisys application software and will be powered by Intel architecture.

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