Andy Germano, VP Americas, Small Cell Forum

Andy Germano, VP Americas, Small Cell Forum

Andy Germano, VP Americas, Small Cell Forum is taking part in a panel discussion: “Small Cells and SON” in the Hetnets track on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the latest in small cells and how he they will be deployed.

What do you think are the biggest challenges in dealing with the implementation of small cells into a network?

As small cells migrate into HetNets and open access to outdoor applications, frequency coordination with macro cellular networks becomes more important.  Another area of importance is backhaul.   One of the benefits of small cells is the ease of deployment. Selecting the right backhaul connection including scalability for future growth potential is also important.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

Can small cells alone enable carriers to effectively deal with the data crunch?

Small Cells are a significant tool in the mobile operator’s toolkit to solve the growing need for data.  Small Cells in conjunction with macro evolution including LTE Advanced as well as WiFi and DAS networks will enable operators to have several options for delivering the best service experience to their customers.

What are the latest advances in the development of the small cells standard?

Small cells evolve as the mobile standards (3GPP) evolve.  We are currently seeing commercial deployments of both 3G and 4G small cells including multi-technology with Wi-Fi. There are current  efforts to integrate the benefits of small cells with Wi-Fi including Hot-Spot 2.0. There is also significant activity in the current 3GPP Release 12 to evolve macro/small cell integration and coordination to enable mobile networks to get the most efficient use of the available spectrum, while delivering optimised user experience in terms of coverage and capacity.

Are small cells as important for backhaul as they are for the RAN?

Small cells are more likely to be used in RAN applications leveraging different types of backhaul (depending on need) to connect to the carrier core network. While traditional fibre, DSL and coax continue to be used, we are seeing evolution in wireless backhaul methods and techniques including the use of licensed and unlicensed spectrum in point-to-point and point-to-multi-point environments to connect small cells to the network in the most cost effective and efficient means possible, whilst avoiding any bottlenecks.

What is your primary reason for attending the LTE North America conference?

The LTE North America conference continues to grow in importance with many of the key players in the industry attending. This is a great opportunity to connect and network with many of the people and companies on site. The conference program is also top notch with many opportunities to hear from mobile operators and vendors on the latest developments and progress in LTE.

The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Click here NOW to download a brochure for the event.

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