Business Case for Enterprise Small Cells – Real Wireless report published by Small Cell Forum

Real Wireless' Business Case for Enterprise Small CellsThe Small Cell Forum has published its long awaited Release Two, looking at small cell deployments in offices and commercial premises to deliver in-building coverage & capacity.

Real Wireless – as the industry’s leading independent experts on small cells – was commissioned by the Forum to develop the comprehensive business case and financial model, which identifies the key reasons an operator would deploy small cells, the likely cost of deployment and under what circumstances it becomes profitable.

It covers the benefits – such as reduced churn, improved capacity and macro offload –  as well as all the costs. This ranges from the cost of the small cell and installation, to operating expenditures such as backhaul, management and maintenance.

Real Wireless developed the model, which covers a wide range of situations from small offices to large corporate headquarters; hotels to retail operations.

The analysis includes business cases for both the operator and the enterprise and discusses how benefits are shared. It demonstrates how improved coverage can increase competitive advantage, thus attracting new customers and increasing the value of a building development.

Download the Comprehensive Business Case here

Go to the Small Cell Forum Release Two homepage

UK will need 300MHz more cellular and 350MHz more Wi-Fi spectrum by 2020 says Real Wireless

Wireless consultancy says that UK needs more spectrum to avoid heading for a spectrum crunch, based on analysis using its CAPisce wireless analysis tool

London, UK. 27 October 2013: The UK is heading for a spectrum crunch in 2020 unless around 300MHz more cellular and 350MHz more Wi-Fi spectrum is made available. This claim is based on analysis by Real Wireless on how the UK can ensure growth in wireless services can be met cost-effectively, using its CAPisce analysis tool to evaluate current networks, the potential of the latest 4G, Wi-Fi and White Space technologies as well as the new frequency bands being considered for cellular use.

Real Wireless used CAPisce as part of the UK 4G spectrum auction planning to prepare a comprehensive model of the UK, with detailed analysis of population, geography and the technologies from 2G to 3G, to 4G and beyond. Europe’s leading independent wireless advisory firm has also applied these techniques to help other countries set challenging but economically achievable coverage targets. Its CAPisce tool allows operators and regulators to carefully consider the economic and technical impact of network deployments, the impact of adding new spectrum or new technologies and to what extent these will help improve efficiency and usage.

As the spectrum crunch becomes more of a concern for carriers and regulators around the world, it is crucial that networks are carefully planned and the best use of scarce spectrum carefully considered. As part of this, Real Wireless was recently asked to chair a group within the UK Spectrum Policy Forum as part of the UK government’s drive to develop a national spectrum strategy. The new group unites government and regulators with industry representatives – including operators, vendors, defence and emergency services.

 “Although new spectrum provided in the 4G auction has given some breathing space in meeting new demand growth, we will face a renewed spectrum crunch in around 2020 without further action,” said Professor Simon Saunders, Technology Director and co-founder of Real Wireless. “The challenge faced by governments and regulators is how best to manage this demand and ensure that consumers and other wireless users continue to see an improvement in their service, while ensuring other critical services still have access to the spectrum they need. We’ve recently upgraded our CAPisce tool and can now assess the costs and technical impact of shared spectrum, white space devices, small cells, Wi-Fi and the potential for 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz alongside existing bands. While we’ve conducted the analysis for the UK so far, these upgrades now allow us to tackle the challenges faced in any international market.”

CAPisce can predict the CapEx and OpEx implications for a given level of population coverage, whether 80% or 99.99% and includes both traditional macrocells alongside new small cell, managed Wi-Fi and white space technologies. It can also go beyond basic coverage and predict the capacity and performance issues which dictate the actual mobile broadband experience. As such it includes modelling of both macrocells and small cells, to consider an optimal cost-effective combination for given performance and coverage targets. The model currently supports LTE-A (Release 10/11) and can be used to evaluate the implications and deployment aspects of LTE-B (Release 12/13) or 5G candidate architectures.

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Real Wireless delivers independent, informed and innovative advisory services in every aspect of wireless, from the technical to the commercial. It works with mobile operators, governments, venues, building owners and regulators to bridge technical and commercial domains to help its clients get the best from wireless. With experts in every aspect of wireless and a proven track record, Real Wireless is one of the world’s leading wireless consultancies.

Its clients include Ofcom, Wembley Stadium, BAA, The European Commission, major network operators and many others. 

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UK Launches Spectrum Forum: Real Wireless Chairs “Spectrum Needs” Group

Forum to develop national strategy for spectrum, including plans for 5G and IoT

London, 27 Sept 2013:  Real Wireless announced that Professor Simon Saunders will be chairing the working group on “Spectrum Applications and Demand” within the newly formed UK Spectrum Forum. The Forum, which was launched by Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, is an initiative to bring together the needs of industry, government and regulators to maximise the benefits of spectrum for the UK. This comes at a time of growing awareness of the importance of wireless spectrum to the UK, and will consider the relationship between TV and cellular, the needs of government, military and emergency services, developments in Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G mobile devices amongst others. Real Wireless is Europe’s leading expert advisory firm on wireless technology and strategy, and being chosen for this role reflects the company’s reputation for both technical expertise and independence in being able to reconcile the views of the different groups.

Spectrum is a critical element in economic growth and social activities: wireless systems, for which spectrum is essential, are at the heart of an increasing array of products and services across the whole economy. The wireless spectrum is a scarce resource, delivering £52 billion of value per year (1) to the British economy and balancing the needs of different users is a challenging task. In a recent study Real Wireless forecast a need for extra allocations of 200-300 MHz of licensed spectrum for mobile applications and 350 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi applications by 2020 to meet even a medium forecast of growing demand (2). This has to be achieved without compromising on the needs of other sectors such as transportation, emergency service and many others.

The Forum is Chaired by Professor Jim Norton, and has groups looking at both the demands for spectrum and the regulatory environment in UK and globally. Real Wireless Director Professor Simon Saunders will be chairing the group considering applications and the future requirements. The scope of this group includes: what the new technologies and applications will be and how they will be used; what these mean for spectrum demand; what needs to be done to ensure adequate and appropriate availability of spectrum.

Professor Saunders commented, “Wireless is an essential part of our daily life and global economy. Whether it is voice phone calls, broadband data, emergency services or M2M those all rely on enough of the right spectrum being available; but as consumers use more services and as new technology advances there is a pressing demand for more spectrum. We have seen from the difficulties of digital switchover or the debate on the balance of licensed and licence-exempt spectrum that these decisions are not easy, and as we consider the demands of emergency services and military then they become even harder. And yet if the UK is to progress with 5G or to seize the opportunities presented by M2M and IoT then the need for a spectrum strategy that reconciles these different desires is critical. Real Wireless is proud to have been asked by the Spectrum Forum to chair this group and to support its initiative in this way”.

Real Wireless is Europe’s leading specialist independent wireless advisory firm.  Real Wireless delivers independent, informed and innovative consultancy based on a deep understanding of the physics and engineering implications associated with wireless technologies, coupled with real-world planning and deployment experience.

Real wireless has published a number of detailed reports on spectrum and policy, including work on White Space  and “Techniques for increasing the capacity of wireless broadband networks: UK, 2012-2030″, March 2012, a major study on the relative impacts of spectrum, technology and small cells on future mobile capacity.  The company also performed the analysis of the 800MHz “digital dividend” LTE band to advise OFCOM on the cost of extending an 800 MHz mobile broadband coverage obligation for the United Kingdom.



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Rupert Baines
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How much mobile spectrum will the UK need by 2030?

Tricky question. The answer depends on many demand, technology and economic factors. Bu that’s exactly what Ofcom asked us to do earlier this year.
Ofcom is preparing UK positions and contributions leading to ITU-R’s World Radio Conference 2015 (which actually might occur in 2016, but that’s another story)
The WRC-15 agenda includes an Agenda Item 1.1 which considers potential additional mobile spectrum allocations
In support of this Ofcom wanted to consider future demand to 2030 for UK “mobile” spectrum based on an established ITU-R estimation methodology, adapted in the context of the UK.
“Mobile” here includes both licensed and licence-exempt spectrum to support demand from both personal device and other mobile broadband applications including M2M. So that includes existing 3G and LTE systems, future LTE-Advanced, 5G, current and future Wi-Fi and potentially technologies which we don’t even have a name for yet. 

Download and read the full report and appendices alongside Ofcom’s wider thinking on these matters.

Small Cells Global Congress – 5-6 November 2013

Event: Small Cells Global Congress
Date: 5- 6 November 2013 
Venue: Berlin, Germany
What: Presenting on Wednesday 6th November: “Meeting the challenges and capitalising on the opportunities of urban small cell deployment”
Chair the afternoon on Tuesday 5th in the small cells track
Panel on Wednesday 6th – 10:05 Small Cell Systems in the Enterprise, Beyond Coverage & Capacity

Small cell webinar: The Hunt for the Golden Lamppost 23 July 2013

We conducted a webinar, co-organised with the nice folks at Telecom Evangelist, entitled “The Hunt for the Golden Lamppost – the challenges of deploying a small cell network”.

The webinar was conducted  on 23rd July 2013, but can now be viewed online at: 

The webinar covers:

  • - The state of play in small cells today
  • - Situation report on the hunt for small cell sites in the UK – the “lamp grab”
  • - The need to align communities of interest
  • - Understanding operator motivations for small cells: it’s not just about capacity
  • - The challenges – rewriting the radio planning rule book
  • - Approaches to valuing small cell site portfolios
  • - The potential role of a Small Cells as a Service approach

Mobile and Wireless in Scotland – Scottish Government Seminar 17th May 2013

On 17th May 2013 the Scottish Government held a discussion event on the part which mobile and wireless technologies could play in realising their vision for Scotland to be a world-class digital nation by 2020. The event featured a chair and four speakers:

  • John Cooke, Executive Director, Mobile Operators Association (chair)
  • Sarah Craig, head of 4G and Business Programmes at Telefonica UK;
  • Prof Simon Saunders, Director-Technology, Real Wireless; 
  • Zahid Ghadialy, Managing Director of eXplanoTech Ltd; 
  • Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Head of the Centre for Communication Systems Research at the University of Surrey.

 Simon’s presentation can be viewed below. See here for videos of the other speakers to download  the presentation slides.