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In this paper, we compare two solutions available to mobile operators – passive DAS and active DAS – and discuss how they relate to traffic and capacity requirements, venue topologies, and manageability.

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The first time I heard about LTE in the 5 GHz license-exempt band, my reaction was: “Why do we need it? Wi-Fi works well, it’s cheap, and it’s in every device.”

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Monica Paolini will present the results of a survey on C-RAN organized by Avren and take a look ahead to the critical topics she will be addressing at the C-RAN Working Group at RAN World in January (see below), including different C-RAN and V-RAN topologies, the benefits of C-RAN for traffic management and load balancing in small cells, and an overall view of trends in C-RAN adoption.

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Download a presentation I gave in Barcelona at the C-RAN and Fronthaul Informa conference on the evolution of the requirements on small-cell backhaul and fronthaul. 

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Faced with an increase in traffic volume and complexity, KDDI looks at NFV as a way to get the flexibility and agility it needs to increase network efficiency and support new services.

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SpiderCloud takes NFV to the edge – in carrier-driven small-cell deployments in the enterprise, where there are many advantages to run some applications locally in a virtualized environment.

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Ruckus Wireless takes NFV to the managed WLAN services that operators are increasingly keen to offer to the enterprise. Virtualization of WLAN services can strengthen the business case and enable operators to cost-effectively support a wider set of enterprise customers that includes small-medium businesses.

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Over the last year I have been blessed to be able to avoid dealing with "5G." Instead, I have been working on how operators can make the best use of the resources that are available already. Among them, traffic management has a prominent role.

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I just finished a white paper that compares the TCO for fronthaul and backhaul. In the model developed for the paper, I looked at the combined per-bit costs macro- and small-cell layer.

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In preparation for the track on C-RAN (Cloud Radio Access Network) that I will chair at the RAN World conference in Berlin on November 3-4, 2014, I am looking for your insight on C-RAN adoption, role of small cells, impact of NFV.

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