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Entries for August 2016

Testing and monitoring in densified networks has to evolve to enable operators to understand network performance and to identify performance issues in networks that are more advanced but also more complex. We talked with Todd Cotts at Ascom Network Testing about how testing and monitoring are changing, and how they can assist operators in planning their networks.

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At Kathrein, densification is pushing towards new antenna configuration, form factor, and location – and more generally to deploy equipment that blends in the environment or cannot be seen. In our conversation with Jim DeKoekkoek, Product Line Manager, Antennas and Small Cells, we talked about Street Connect, a solution that takes small cells below ground, protected by specially designed manholes. 

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In millimeter wave deployments, densification is not an option, but a necessity because of the limited coverage radius, as well as the opportunity to provide a vast capacity increase in the backhaul or in the access. We talked about the role of mmW in densification with Alpaslan Demir, Principal Engineer at InterDigital. 

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Densification is nothing new in wireless networks to expand coverage or increase capacity. But the pace of densification and how it is achieved has changed. Operators increasingly target indoor locations in addition to outdoor ones. Ben Cardwell, Senior Vice President and Segment Leader at CommScope, sees an increased need for indoor coverage.

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The enterprise is one of the major player in densification, and its role and relationship with mobile operators is evolving as reliable indoor coverage becomes a requirement for subscribers, enterprises and service providers. We discuss the role of the enterprise in wireless with Art King, Director of Enterprise Services and Technologies at SpiderCloud. 

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