By Ernest Worthman…
The Small Cell Forum has just made available Release 2 for the enterprise. The document offers a well-rounded overview of the organization’s work to accelerate the commercial deployment of enterprise small cells in a diversity of deployment scenarios.
The document is intended to serve as a comprehensive guide for the commercial deployment of small cells for the enterprise. It is written for operators considering deployment and for vendors to ensure their solutions meet with the widest possible range of operator needs.
The document discusses the topics that operators will need to understand to do a successful deployment of enterprise-level small cell systems. A wide base of understanding will need to be necessary to make all the pieces of the puzzle come together in a homogeneous solution.
Release 2 for the enterprise provides for an in-depth look at issues such as Interoperability, standards, spectrum and interference management, regulatory issues, deployment, market drivers and market progress, value-added services, and the business case for enterprise small cells.
For Interoperability, the release helps the enterprise understand the standards process to ensure that they are complied with, interpreted in a consistent manner and enhanced in the light of operational experience. The document includes information so the reader can identify the key standards and technical configurations that enterprise small cells should adhere to so vendors are in compliance with them.
The spectrum and interference management section offers a down-to-earth look at the must-have techniques and configurations for spectrum re-use and subsequent interference mitigation. It addresses the physical configuration issues so that deployment optimizes coverage, provides the best user experience and addresses operational complexity. It also presents a comprehensive look at what the enterprise needs to know when it comes to interfacing with existing networks. This is extremely critical because of the myriad of regulations that protect existing networks and, as new frequencies are added for small cell use, what the regulatory implications are.
On the deployment side, the document has a detailed section on small cell deployment metrics, such as design and planning, build out, component selection, and network distribution. It goes on to address the fact that some users and technology will not be part of the operator’s own network and what the implications of that are, both economically and technologically.
The document also includes a market perspective that looks at how to identify value-added services in the small cell arena that are supported by standards-based APIs and the developer community. Also part of this section is a perspective on market drivers. These are typically the elements that the deployment can benefit from, while optimizing, and potential revenue opportunities.
Finally, it looks at the business case for enterprise small cell. Business models are still few and those that are functioning vary widely. The business case for small cells is relatively complex but there is some history and a decent pool or previous successes and failures. With that it helps the enterprise identify operator targets to make it successful.