Small Cell Operations: Tiny Footprint, Colossal Assurance Effort

Small Cell Operations: Tiny Footprint, Colossal Assurance Effort

This report will review the state of the small cell market, assess what technologies are available, and identify those solutions that are still emerging. The report will also highlight some of the challenges to incorporating small cells into the wider network; then, examine the latest approaches to ensuring the most efficient and effective deployment and operational support for small cell networks. It will include small cell-related developments in:

Planning of Assets, Backhaul and Coverage
Integration of Macro- and Micro-networks
Automation and Self-Organizing Networks (SON)
Network and Service Assurance
Cloud Radio Access Networks (C-RAN)


  • Introduction1
  • Small Cell Market at a Glance
    • Introducing the Small Cell Family
  • Primary Operational Issues Concerning Small Cell Implementation
    • Planning and Optimization
    • Multi-Layered Integration
    • Automation and Self-Organizing Networks
    • Network and Service Assurance
  • Market Solutions
    • Airhop Communications Lands on SON
    • Ericsson Offers Multi-Option Small Cells
      • Small Cell as a Service
      • Centralized and Cloud RAN
      • Small Cell Service Assurance
    • EXFO Starts With the Process
    • Nokia Plays All the Angles
    • TEOCO Plans Ahead
    • Viavi Extends Testing to Assurance and CEM
    • XCellAir Virtually Delivers RAN QoE
  • The Last Word

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