Dominie Roberts

Senior Conference Researcher for the LTE World Summit, Informa Telecoms & Media

With more and more of us using our smartphone on the move, demand on LTE networks is growing rapidly and operators are coming under increasing pressure to both increase network capacity and ensure QoS.

MWC 2014 gave us a sneak-peek into the future possibilities of the mobile space with exhibitors showcasing their solutions and technologies, paving the way towards 5G, IoT, wearables, M2M, LTE Broadcast, VoLTE and so on.

Despite the future looking bright in terms of these advanced technologies, it is important that operators don’t run before they can walk and overlook the impact on the network from increasing consumer demand.

For consumers, the networks’ shortcomings become evident in densely-populated situations, such as sporting events, festivals and large conferences/exhibitions, where the networks experience huge challenges in providing fast and reliable mobile communications services.

These shortcomings need to be addressed before mobile network operators are able to move forwards and meet standards, and for MNOs, creating HetNets and implementing LTE Advanced are crucial steps towards increasing capacity in the networks, particularly at these busy locations.

HetNets are now perceived as key drivers in ensuring the ongoing success of LTE and LTE-A, and towards the development of 5G.

In the more advanced markets, building out the Heterogenous Networks will be high on many operators’ agenda for 2014. Vodafone has already deployed SpiderCloud’s enterprise small cells in the Netherlands and is now looking at rolling out small cells in the UK to support enhanced, in-building mobile coverage.

AT&T has spent 2013 trialling small cells to find the optimum locations and is planning to deploy these this year. AT&T is so serious about improving its network that it has even rolled out a new advertising campaign called “Better Network”, which illustrates exactly how AT&T is improving coverage and capacity.

HetNets will in the future play a pivotal role in addressing the capacity needs for high traffic surges and small cells will be an important focus for many operators in 2014.

At this year’s LTE World Summit, which takes place at the RAI in Amsterdam, we are including a dedicated small cells session on the 24th June featuring presentations and panel discussions addressing the key opportunities and challenges around the technology. With expert speakers from many companies such as Vodafone, Three, PT Telekomunikasi, Telus, SpiderCloud Wireless, Actix, Huawei, Gemalto and Comba Telecom International, this event is not to be missed and will provide a necessary platform showcasing the key developments in today’s HetNet’s ecosystem.

 

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