Real Wireless bolsters independent expertise with raft of new appointments

Independent wireless advisory firm Real Wireless today announces the appointment of several new experts. These experts strengthen the company’s ability to analyse and advise on both the commercial and technical opportunities and challenges of wireless technologies and networks.

Professor William Webb is an independent expert specialising in wireless technology and regulatory matters, and his experience brings valuable insight to Real Wireless. William isa former director of Ofcom, where he led major reviews including the Spectrum Framework Review and the development of Spectrum Usage Rights.

Professor Webb commented: “Real Wireless is one of the most technically competent and experienced independent wireless firms around. Real Wireless has played a key role in the evolution of cellular technology and is now at the heart of the 5G debate, taking part in key studies such as the European Commission’s 5G socioeconomic benefits report. Given my experience at Ofcom and roles advising Government and others, the fact that Real Wireless is heavily involved in 5G research and development was particularly appealing.”

Rethink Technology Research co-founder Caroline Gabriel, MA, joins Real Wireless as a market research and telecoms industry analyst. Caroline has been researching and analysing the telecoms and technology industries for many years with an emphasis on wireless and broadband technologies, business models and operator deployment plans.

Ian Miller joins following his departure from Telefónica earlier this year where he worked for over 25 years. As director of mobile access networks at Telefónica he reported to the global CTO and was responsible for mobile radio network development and strategy across the group. His vast knowledge and experience in mobile network innovation, design, architecture, implementation and systems engineering is a great asset for Real Wireless to be able to offer its clients.

In addition to these appointments, Real Wireless has also enhanced its team with the arrival of Dr Mike Smith, an expert in mobile networks, Dr Ilya Averin, a systems analyst and Daniel Bradford a communications and signal-processing expert.

Real Wireless CEO Mark Keenan said: “As these appointments demonstrate, Real Wireless is continuing to go from strength to strength. We’ve been working on a variety of wireless projects across the world, including leading edge 5G projects such as the recently published European Commission 5G Socio-economic study and the ongoing 5G NORMA project. We’re committed to remaining one of the UK’s leading independent wireless advisories, and these appointments will help us deliver even more benefits to our clients.”

Insufficient spectrum available for dedicated 5G service allocation

  • Spectrum sharing essential, will reduce requirement by 75%
  • Regulatory work must begin immediately to unlock €141 billion in benefits, 2.3 million jobs
  • Real Wireless analysis a key part of a ground-breaking EC socio-economic study

3 October 2016, London UK – Europe risks not having sufficient spectrum for 5G service providers to deliver potential economic benefits of €141 billion and 2.3 million jobs if we continue to follow the conventional dedicated spectrum allocations per operator. This is the headline finding of a new analysis from a team that included independent wireless experts Real Wireless, published today as part of the European Commission’s landmark 5G socio-economic report.

The report recommends that the challenges presented by spectrum sharing must be addressed as early as possible in the development of 5G if the full socio-economic benefits are to be enjoyed.

The analysis examined the minimum spectrum requirements for 5G to service all users based on traffic demand calculated from high-density scenarios associated with three challenging key use cases – healthcare, utilities, and motorways. The report finds that supporting the highly demanding 5G applications proposed under the 5G vision, especially in the multi-gigabit connectivity environment of congested major motorways, would require larger quantities of spectrum to be available than is currently earmarked for allocation. Capacity and therefore spectrum demand is driven mainly by passengers in the connected vehicles, streaming content onto future (2025–2030) user devices.

By considering a variety of spectrum-sharing scenarios, the analysis demonstrates how these requirements can be reduced by up to 75% in any given environment. The outcomes suggest that society as a whole will benefit if sharing in all frequency sub-ranges, particularly in the sub-6GHz ranges, is made possible.

In ultra-reliable connectivity environments, such as eHealthcare where there is safety of life implications, this needs to sit in sufficient dedicated spectrum to meet the SLAs of certain applications.

Real Wireless also highlighted three further possible approaches to reducing the amount of spectrum 5G would require. These included dynamic adjustment of media resolution, reducing levels of spectrum over-allocation to a limited number of parties, and the rollout of smaller-sized cells. It acknowledges that a balance would need to be struck between capacity requirements and economic factors, but its analysis demonstrated that the latter two approaches alone could contribute to an additional 86.7% reduction in the amount of spectrum required by 5G.

“The socioeconomic value of 5G will be found in its applications for vertical industries to an extent that no wireless technology has before,” said Mark Keenan, CEO, Real Wireless. “However many of those applications identified under the 5G vision are highly demanding, with significant spectrum requirements.”

“The success of 5G therefore requires legislators and regulators to begin investigating spectrum allocation and sharing principles as soon as possible to help overcome any challenges well in advance of the technology being deployed. Only then will the wireless industry be able to develop policy, tools and strategies that can drive market confidence in the essential spectrum-sharing methods we have outlined in our study.”

The results of this analysis were presented as part of the European Commission’s eagerly anticipated year-long study into the socioeconomic benefits of 5G to Europe. With input from more than 150 experts, it forecasts the realities that will arise from utilising 5G’s capabilities in 2025 and 2030 – and the potential socio-economic benefits this will generate.

The European Commission’s full socio-economic report is available to view via its website.

About Real Wireless
Real Wireless delivers independent, informed and innovative advisory services in every aspect of wireless, including strategy, detailed technical and economic studies. The company works with mobile operators, governments, venues, building owners, vendors 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 advisory firms. Its clients include Ofcom, Wembley Stadium, The England and Wales Cricket Board (The ECB), BAA, The European Commission, major network operators, vendors and many others.

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Bad neighbours? A comparison of LPWA technology options

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 10.24.43While the carrier community is celebrating the steady arrival of 3GPP defined cellular IoT that will enable the use of existing GSM networks with minimal impact through upgrades, there remains significant interest in alternative solutions in the unlicensed space.

Some of this interest comes from service providers who lack access to licensed spectrum, but the majority is being driven by use cases where the long range, extended battery life, and very low cost of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) wireless technologies is a fundamental necessity. What is emerging though is a fragmented area of largely proprietary solutions, making it difficult for users to decide on which option best suits their particular use case.

The key approaches to unlicensed M2M connectivity can be split in to two groups: UltraNarrowBand (UNB) technologies; and those that employ some form of spread spectrum modulation (SSM).

Growth forecasts for the M2M market underline the need for these LPWA systems to be able to co-exist in license exempt spectrum and that any LPWA solution should be able to support  many connected devices – and this requirement is only going to become more important over time as the number of devices increases.

Real Wireless recently carried out a study that compared the levels of interference between networks using these two different physical layer architectures. This required us to model a scenario in which a UNB and a SSM network had overlapping coverage areas and various other sources of interference, including non-LPWA users, in order to study the ability of both technologies to mitigate interference.

This insight gained was that UNB and spread spectrum modulation networks can only effectively co-exist in very low capacity deployments. Shared channel operation, either between a SSM and a UNB network, or two SSM networks, would result in mutual interference and uplink blocking of both networks, except in cases of very low simultaneous user numbers.

In other words, the reality is that a SSM LPWA network architecture should be considered a ‘bad neighbour’, and multiple unlicensed IoT networks can only effectively share access to spectrum when they all also share a UNB architecture. However, given the number of use cases for these technologies, they will undoubtedly coexist in one location. As a result, this study has significant implications for technology choices in this important growth market.

To find out more about our study and approach to modelling of unlicensed IoT solutions, download our new white paper today.

New study finds latest PMP can deliver almost twice the ROI for MNOs and ISPs compared to traditional last-mile infrastructure

Real Wireless modelling reveals the total cost of ownership of different last-mile data transport technologies for backhaul and enterprise access

London UK, 19 January 2016 — The latest point-to-multipoint (PMP) last-mile solutions can reduce backhaul total cost of ownership (TCO) by as much as 50% and generate 1.8x higher return on investment (ROI) for enterprise access. These are some of the findings from the new Real Wireless report into the cost and time to breakeven of last mile data transport in multiple deployment scenarios.

The study, carried out by independent wireless experts Real Wireless, looks at the TCO of installing and running backhaul networks based on a range of wired and wireless technologies. Analysis found that site-related costs dominate TCO, accounting for around half of a five year TCO. The report revealed PMP solutions offered up to 50% TCO savings over point-to-point (PTP) and managed fibre, largely due the aggregation of multiple links to a single hub site.

For the study, Real Wireless modelled a case study of an ISP, building out a network to supply carrier-grade connectivity to enterprises. It found that PMP microwave and sub-6 GHz resulted in the fastest time to break even, potentially enabling an ISP to connect 67% more customers and generate 1.8x higher ROI compared to PTP equivalents. The report also highlighted the increased revenue possible with PMP at licensed microwave frequencies; this can generate a further 30% higher ROI than PMP in sub-6GHz bands. The increased revenue of PMP microwave was due to its ability to offer both higher capacities and a superior grade of service than its unlicensed equivalent. The ISP model can equally apply to a mobile operator’s network division, where the higher ROI equates to greater financial efficiency and more ability to invest in network footprint.

“The new report highlights the variety of last mile technologies available and how the right choice can almost halve a network’s TCO.” said Oliver Bosshard, Managing Consultant, Real Wireless. “It’s clear from the report that MNOs and ISPs should carefully consider the knock-on impact their choice of technology will have for their future revenues and growth. Particularly in enterprise deployments, operators and ISPs should look carefully at the latest available transport options to determine what will deliver the best business case.”

Managed fibre networks, albeit scalable to higher capacities, were found to have a significantly higher TCO when compared to wireless approaches. PMP solutions were also shown to offer a much quicker ROI versus PTP solutions, because PMP lends itself to the sharing of hub sites and bandwidth between customer terminals. However, PTP links were found to more suitable for longer links and lower site densities.

Real Wireless considered a range of transport options for the study, including managed fibre, V-band and E-band PTP, microwave PTP and PMP and sub-6 GHz unlicensed PTP and PMP. The model includes not only the initial outlay for equipment but also the more significant aspects of installing and running it over time.

The full report is available to download for free from the Real Wireless website.

Real Wireless enhances strategic expertise with new CTO

Simon FletcherIndependent expert continues to bolster management team by hiring Simon Fletcher from NEC Telecom Modus

London UK, 18th November 2015 – Leading independent wireless advisory Real Wireless has recruited Simon Fletcher as chief technology officer.

Simon joins Real Wireless from NEC Telecom Modus and brings an impressive range of experience to the role, particularly in team management and strategic business development. The appointment comes as two new recruits also join the business. Dr. Raymond Kwan joins the company’s technology practice from Cisco (Ubiquisys), and John Stephens joins the deployment and lifecycle practice, drawing on his background in wireless system rollouts and planning at CommScope and Bluwan.

As CTO, Simon will take overall technical responsibility across the company as a part of the management team. Recognised as a regular speaker at industry events and currently acting as chairman of the Cambridge Wireless Future of Wireless Conference Organising Committee and Small Cell SIG Champion, Simon brings an enviable network of contacts to Real Wireless alongside a proven ability to lead teams in delivering technical projects while identifying and meeting new strategic goals for the wider business. His long standing association with the UK innovation eco-system as a director of mVCE and the Innovate-UK ICT-KTN brings a wealth of knowledge on the application of stratetgic research through open innovation to accelerate product and services delivery. In recent times his focus has been on future cities, the application 5G and IoT in industry verticals with an event horizon towards 2030.

“Simon is a talented and knowledgeable professional and a perfect fit for the company,” said Real Wireless CEO Mark Keenan. “In addition to assuming technical responsibility across the company, he will join as a member of Real Wireless’s newly strengthened management team. Here his leadership skills, detailed knowledge of sustainability strategy, and emerging technology insights will come together to help further build on the strength of the business, identify new potential value areas, and drive forward future growth.”

Simon Fletcher said: “As demand for wireless products and services continues to enjoy massive growth thanks to the 4G rollout, 5G development and the Internet of Things, to mention but a few areas, it’s a great time to be joining Real Wireless. The business has a great history of adding value to all parts of the wireless industry and end user eco-system, and I look forward to helping the company achieve its growth ambitions while building relationships with all of our existing and future customers.”

Simon spent the past 20 years working in the design and development of technical telecoms infrastructure. Beginning his career in technology demonstrators at Racal Radar Defence Systems, he moved to Telecoms Modus in 1999 to play a key role in the development of 3G products and in 2006 he established a core architecture team that helped develop the first-generation of technology for 4G systems culminating in a Steering Board position in the LTE SAE Trials Initiative (LSTI), a global forum with a mission to assure the early adoption of LTE. His long participation in Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) defining early C-RAN concepts brings great foresight on an important architectural element of emerging 5G architectures.

About Real Wireless
Real Wireless delivers independent, informed and innovative advisory services in every aspect of wireless, from the technical to the commercial. The company works with mobile operators, governments, venues, building owners, vendors 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 advisory firms. Its clients include Ofcom, Wembley Stadium, The ECB, BAA, The European Commission, major network operators, vendors and many others.

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Telecom industry and European academia join forces to develop a multiservice mobile network architecture for the 5G era

 

  • 5G NORMA project, part of the 5G Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership (5GPPP) initiative, will define the overall 5G mobile network architecture, including radio and core networks, to meet the demanding 5G multiservice requirements
  • Consortium composed of 13 partners among leading industry vendors, operators, IT companies, small- and medium-sized enterprises and academic institutions

Industry vendors, operators, IT companies, small- to medium-sized enterprises and academia in Europe have joined forces to develop a novel, adaptive and futureproof mobile network architecture for the 5G era. As part of the 5GPPP initiative, 5G NORMA (5G Novel Radio Multiservice adaptive network Architecture) will propose an end-to-end architecture that takes into consideration radio access network (RAN) and core network aspects. The consortium will be working over a period of 30 months, beginning in July 2015, to meet the key objectives of creating and disseminating innovative concepts on the mobile network architecture for the 5G era.

Real Wireless is responsible for the socioeconomic assessment of 5G NORMA innovations, translating technical KPIs into business KPIs that hold relevance to each sector.

Real Wireless will identify changing market drivers in a range of industries from public safety (PPDR), to transportation, energy generation and distribution. Its work will also assess shortcomings in the expected capabilities of 4G LTE by 2020, based on the requirements of the expected future service demands.

Professor Simon Saunders, director of technology at Real Wireless, said: “Our work will bridge the technical, social and commercial domains, enabling the consortium to identify the relative value of each planned 5G NORMA innovation. This will in turn direct the technical work to focus on the innovations with the most opportunity to create overall value.”

5G networks need to meet a wide array of diverse and extreme requirements

There will be a need for super-fast and reliable connectivity with virtually zero latency for use cases such as remote control robots, and support for billions of sensors and things. 5G will also need to provide consistent and high-quality connectivity for people and things. In addition, 5G networks will combine revolutionary technologies and existing mobile radio generations, as well as Wi-Fi, into a new system. A new mobile network architecture is required to manage these complex multi-layer and multi-technology networks, and to build in flexibility even for applications that are yet to be envisioned.

5G NORMA: a novel, multiservice mobile network architecture

With the 5G NORMA project, leading players in the mobile ecosystem aim to underpin Europe’s leadership position in 5G. The NORMA approach breaks away from the rigid legacy network paradigm. It will on-demand adapt the use of the mobile network (RAN and core network) resources to the service requirements, the variations of the traffic demands over time and location, and the network topology, which include the available front/backhaul capacity.

The consortium envisions the architecture will enable unprecedented levels of network customisability to ensure that stringent performance, security, cost and energy requirements are met. It will also provide an API-driven architectural openness, fueling economic growth through over-the-top innovation.

The technical approach is based on the innovative concept of adaptive (de)composition and allocation of network functions, which flexibly decomposes the network functions and places the resulting functions in the most appropriate location. By doing so, access and core functions may no longer reside in different locations, which is exploited to jointly optimise their operation whenever possible. The adaptability of the architecture is further strengthened by the innovative software-defined mobile network control and mobile multi-tenancy concepts and underpinned by corroborating demonstrations.

A socioeconomic analysis of the benefits of 5G NORMA innovations will also be conducted. This will determine the value to the wireless industry, the users in society and the public sphere of enhanced services enabled by the proposed architecture.

Dr. Werner Mohr, Chairman of the 5GPPP Association, said: “5G is not only about new radio access technology — network architecture will play an important role as well. 5G networks will have to be programmable, software driven and managed holistically to enable a diverse range of services in a profitable way. With 5G NORMA, the consortium aims to ensure economic sustainability of the network operation and open opportunities for new players, while leveraging a futureproof architecture in a cost- and energy-effective way.”

5G NORMA deliverables

The consortium will be working over a period of 30 months, beginning in July 2015. Key objectives include the creation and dissemination of innovative concepts on the 5G mobile network architecture for the 5G era. Some of these may be captured in products or patents, while others may emerge from the process and working engagements. Emphasis will also be placed on commercialisation, including partnerships and start-up creation.

 

Industry players included in the consortium

Vendors and IT: Alcatel-Lucent, NEC, Nokia Networks, ATOS

Operators: Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica

Small to medium-sized enterprises: Azcom Technology, Nomor Research, Real Wireless

Academia: University Kaiserslautern in Germany, Kings College London, University Carlos III Madrid

European 5G socioeconomic study to evaluate the wider benefits of the next generation of wireless

Real Wireless, Tech4i2, InterDigital Europe and Trinity College Dublin to assess socioeconomic impact of 5G in Europe

London, UK – 9th June 2015 – A new study into the socioeconomic impact of 5G in Europe commenced on May 22nd, led by a group of industry experts and academics.

Undertaken in partnership with the European Commission, the main focus of the study is to develop a better understanding of the potential economic impact of 5G networks in new areas such as health and transport.  Research will examine the potential social benefits of the next generation of wireless technology and identify where 5G will make a difference.

The project will determine the key use cases for 5G, identifying their relative potential in terms of social and economic benefits in the European context. It will test the proposition that 5G can offer specific additional value over 4G to particular vertical user sectors, via work which will be fully informed by and consistent with the 5G PPP initiatives while offering a fresh and independent perspective.

The consortium was selected by the European Commission to bring its independent approach and wide knowledge of both commercial and technical aspects of wireless technology. The study will be carried out over 12 months by a consortium comprising:

  • Applied economic research consultancy Tech4i2
  • Independent wireless advisors Real Wireless
  • Wireless research and development company InterDigital Europe
  • The national telecommunications research centre in Ireland, CONNECT headquartered at Trinity College Dublin

The work will shed light on the journey to future deployment of 5G and its impact on economies across Europe, allowing stakeholders to plan effectively. The study will allow the European Commission to work closely with regulators to plan future policy in areas such as spectrum allocation planning and future market regulation.

“After working with the European Commission on several other key projects, Real Wireless is proud to be an integral part of realising 5G and its impact in Europe,” comments Professor Simon Saunders, Project Director. “The socioeconomic effects of this new generation of wireless will be unprecedented, and understanding these will be crucial in securing Europe as a global leader in 5G. The consortium we have assembled to work on this project offers a uniquely informed yet independent perspective on these issues.”

The study will be informed by inputs from stakeholders via a series of stakeholder hearings which will be held on 22nd September and via a workshop which will be held on 19th October, both in Brussels. To find out more about these events and follow project progress, join the project’s dedicated LinkedIn group at http://linkd.in/1Kra7n4.

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About Tech4i2

Tech4i2 is a UK based global applied research consultancy operating in the areas of innovation and inclusion.  Tech4i2 supports local and national governments and global organisations in strategic decision-making and service delivery improvement. The tech4i2 team and network of international experts operating in over 50 countries offers research excellence enabling the provision of incisive advice.

In the last five years Tech4i2 has undertaken more than 60 technology development projects with the European Commission, OECD, IOC and government organisations in Eire, Italy, Poland, Spain, UK and US.

To find out more about Tech4i2’s work on bandwidth and spectrum strategy and policymaking visit the Tech4i2 website.

 

About Real Wireless
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 advisory firms.

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

To find out more about Real Wireless and its work in 5G and wireless strategy and policy visit the Real Wireless site.

For more information visit www.realwireless.biz

Twitter: @real_wireless

 

About InterDigital®
InterDigital develops technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry’s most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world’s leading wireless companies. Founded in 1972, InterDigital is listed on NASDAQ and is included in the S&P MidCap 400® index.

InterDigital is a registered trademark of InterDigital, Inc.

For more information on InterDigital’s work in 5G, please visit the InterDigital vault.

 

About CONNECT at Trinity College Dublin
CONNECT is Ireland’s national research centre for Future Networks and Communications. We are focussed on three major areas of research; Network-aware services, Service-aware networks and The Internet of Things. CONNECT is headquartered at Trinity College Dublin. It is jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland and by industry. Today, CONNECT engages with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from 10 Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research & development and innovation.

Real Wireless joins 5G Innovation Centre

Wireless experts working with University of Surrey and industry’s biggest names to drive 5G development

London, UK – 20th May 2015 – Real Wireless has become a member of the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey, joining the industry’s biggest names in driving the development and evaluation of 5G. Bringing together leading academic expertise and key industry partners in a shared vision, the 5GIC will help to define and develop 5G infrastructure.

Heavily involved in the early stages of 4G, Real Wireless brings its independent expertise and experience to the 5GIC to advise on regulatory, technical and business challenges.

“While there’s still no agreement as to what 5G will look like, there are a number of different options currently on the table and it’s important that each of these are carefully evaluated and tested,” said Professor Simon Saunders, Director of Technology at Real Wireless. “Real Wireless is bringing independent expertise to the 5GIC and we’re really excited to be a part of the next generation of mobile technologies.”

Research at the 5GIC will drive the delivery of a mobile communications network capable of meeting the needs of tomorrow. The focus will be on developing intelligent systems that work together to give the impression of unlimited data capacity, providing a network that is far faster than today’s 4G system, with greater energy-efficiency and reduced end user costs.

“Real Wireless’ independent expertise is an excellent addition to the 5GIC and they join many of the biggest names in the industry in helping to shape the future of 5G,” said Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director of the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) and the 5GIC. “With their understanding of both the business and technical challenges of wireless, Real Wireless joins the first wave of SME members of the 5GIC.”

The 5GIC is part of the University of Surrey’s Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), drawing on its status as an internationally leader in satellite and terrestrial mobile communication systems knowledge. The ICS previously made a major contribution to the development of 2G technology in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G since 2010.

About Real Wireless
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 advisory firms.

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

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Real Wireless joins Future Communications & Positioning System Advisory Group 

Guangzhou_South_Railway_Station_3F_East_ConcourseYesterday, Real Wireless attended the Intelligent Rail Infrastructure seminar from the IET. The event examined the physical and technical challenges associated with modernising our railway assets – a challenge that we have long considered in our work.

The reasons why this is a topic that interests us is that wireless offers the potential to revolutionise a global mode of transport. This is not just for passengers, where some individuals lose hundreds of hours each year outside of data connectivity, but also throughout the industry’s large and multinational ecosystem. With the advent of M2M communications, its potential to create a truly intelligent national transport network is highly desirable.

It’s to this end that Real Wireless is pleased to announce it has joined the cross rail-industry Future Communications & Positioning System Advisory Group (FC&PS AG), a sub-group of the Vehicle/Train Control and Communications System Interface Committee.

Members of the group include Network Rail, the Department for Transport, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), the ORR, train operators, RSSB and representatives from the wider communications industry.

The group’s aim is to provide advice and direction to the industry on communications and positioning technologies as enablers to the Rail Technical Strategy Vision 2012.

The FC&PS AG say they welcome our membership to the group,and look forward to our input in the fast moving area of digital wireless technology, particularly given our extensive experience of working in other industries than rail alone.

As a member, Real Wireless will therefore be providing expert input on both future wireless communications technologies, and the feasibility and practicalities of implementation to support the growth of rail communications in Britain.

This is an area we already have significant experience in, thanks to projects such as our landmark business case analysis that found passenger-facing services (ie: customer Wi-Fi) could not ever give ROI itself: it only can deliver this if it is one of a variety of operational benefits.

We look forward to participating at our first meeting in London on 19th May, providing insight and experience and supporting the growth of communications for the rail industry.

For an overview of the opportunities wireless offers for the transport network, download our free guide The business opportunities for wireless in transport. 

If you’d like to learn more about the RSSB, please find them at www.rssb.co.uk, on Twitter @RSSB_rail, and LinkedIn RSSB.

Study Finds Major Cost Advantages in New Enterprise LTE Wireless Approach

Analysis finds Cloud RAN small cells save 69% of costs vs. DAS

Airvana, a leading provider of small cell solutions, and Real Wireless, independent expert advisors in wireless technology, today announced a study revealing that a Cloud RAN small cell solution can reduce costs by 69%, compared to traditional distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions.

The Real Wireless study concluded that Cloud RAN (or C-RAN) Small Cells were less expensive in all scenarios considered, including multi-operator deployments where DAS has previously been considered superior to small cells.  The study examined the use of C-RAN LTE small cells as an alternative to LTE DAS in both upgrades of existing DAS and in new “greenfield” DAS deployments.   Both large and small building deployments were analyzed, and both active and passive DAS.

The full white paper, exploring the analysis and results in detail, is available at: www.airvana.com/c-ran-economics/.

Cloud RAN (C-RAN) architecture achieves performance and economic benefits by centralizing “baseband” and scheduling functions– the core processing by which the system allocates wireless resources among users and services.  Airvana’s OneCell, which recently won the GSMA’s Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough award at Mobile World Congress 2015, was used as the basis of the comparison to DAS.  It uses a C-RAN architecture and goes even further by tightly coordinating the LTE access points throughout a building to behave as a single cell, eliminating interference and handovers. As such, C-RAN small cells share many of the positive attributes of DAS that have been the preferred indoor wireless solution for large enterprises and public spaces. Due to its high costs, however, DAS is practical for use in only a tiny fraction of enterprise buildings.

Real Wireless was commissioned to conduct the study due to their extensive experience in real-world in-building wireless solutions. The study authors have been responsible for the design and installation of hundreds of in-building systems. As a result Real Wireless was able to take a holistic view of a rollout. Not only were equipment costs taken into account, but also related costs such as cable materials, installation labor, project management, design and recurring operating expenses – in all over 90 line items for each scenario.

Professor Simon Saunders, Real Wireless director of technology, led the study team. “While we have long seen the potential for enterprise small cells, this is the first time a definitive cost comparison has been conducted. Significant savings are encountered even for multi-operator situations and smaller buildings, heralding potentially explosive growth on the tiny (<2%) penetration of dedicated wireless solutions in office buildings to date.”

The analysis found that many of the savings of the OneCell C-RAN approach derive from its simplified “Wi-Fi-like” deployment model, using standard Ethernet LANs for in-building distribution rather than fiber/coax cabling and remote radio heads.  This approach generated significant savings in solution design, cabling materials, installation labor, and project management. It also improved ongoing flexibility to add and redistribute capacity in response to changes in user demand.

“The realization that enterprises were under-served by legacy solutions motivated us to develop OneCell,” said Richard Lowe, president and CEO, Airvana. “The rigorous analysis by Real Wireless confirms the value of C-RAN small cells. OneCell will make quality indoor LTE service affordable to a much broader enterprise segment.”