Small Cell Operations: Tiny Footprint, Colossal Assurance Effort

Categories: Computing and Technology, Telecommunications and Computing

Price: $5,000


This report will review the state of the small cell market, assess what technologies are available, and identify those solutions that are still emerging. The report will also highlight some of the challenges to incorporating small cells into the wider network; then, examine the latest approaches to ensuring the most efficient and effective deployment and operational support for small cell networks.

It will include small cell-related developments in:

- Planning of Assets, Backhaul and Coverage
- Integration of Macro- and Micro-networks
- Automation and Self-Organizing Networks (SON)
- Network and Service Assurance
- Cloud Radio Access Networks (C-RAN)

The small cell market has been slow to bloom; however, it was always a matter of when, not if. It is believed that the time has come for market acceleration, as cloud and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) begin to play a role. Software tools for planning, automation, and assurance that specifically target small-cell deployment will also move the market along. New features such as 3D location mapping, Wi-Fi integration, and predictive analytics are making the decision to deploy, and decisions about how to deploy, much easier for Communications Service Providers (CSPs) throughout the world.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Small Cell Market at a Glance
  • Introducing the Small Cell Family
3. Primary Operational Issues Concerning Small Cell Implementation
  • Planning and Optimization
  • Multi-Layered Integration
  • Automation and Self-Organizing Networks
  • Network and Service Assurance
4. Market Solutions
  • Airhop Communications Lands on SON
  • Ericsson Offers Multi-Option Small Cells
  • Small Cell as a Service
  • Centralized and Cloud RAN
  • Small Cell Service Assurance
  • EXFO Starts With the Process
  • Nokia Plays All the Angles
  • TEOCO Plans Ahead
  • Viavi Extends Testing to Assurance and CEM
  • XCellAir Virtually Delivers RAN QoE
5. The Last Word

List of Figures:

Figure 1: Mobile Data Traffic Growth Through 2020
Figure 2: U.S. Mobile Connections through 2017
Figure 3: Growth of the C-RAN Industry 2012-2022
Figure 4: Generic C-RAN Architecture
Figure 5: EXFO TestFlow Process and Compliance Analytics
Figure 6: XCellAir Cloud Server