5G HetNets need supportive regulation says Small Cell Forum

Industry body lobbies for globally consistent and supportive regulation for small cells from telecoms regulators to ensure 5G HetNets can be rapidly deployed

5G HetNets need supportive regulation says Small Cell Forum

Small Cell Forum (SCF) called upon industry regulators this week (19 October 2016) to help build a consistent and supportive regulatory environment for the deployment of dense HetNets worldwide. In the absence of the necessary frameworks to enable next generation network roll-outs, SCF warns that 5G deployments are likely to be significantly impacted.

To support this initiative, SCF is developing different best practice guidelines for states, regulators and municipalities in North America in collaboration with 5G Americas, in Latin America in collaboration with the GSMA, and through working with leading carriers in the Middle East and Asia.

In Europe, SCF is preparing responses to the UK Digital Economy Bill, which is currently before the Public Bill Committee and closely following the review of the European telecom framework, the Electronic Communication Code that contains regulatory proposals aimed to facilitate the deployment and operation of small cells. SCF aims to disseminate best practice to all stakeholders and help drive global alignment.

At the same time, SCF said it is continuing to urge national governments to strengthen deployment provision in support of the societal and commercial benefits associated with enhanced connectivity.

“While the air interface continues to dominate industry discussion, the biggest challenges in rolling out the dense networks associated with 5G lie in the underlying network architecture and fragmented and outdated national regulatory frameworks,” said David Orloff, Chair of Small Cell Forum.

“We are actively engaged in defining operator and vendor priorities for bringing interoperability and consistency to the enabling technologies that will be the foundations for 5G networks. At the same time, it is critical that the industry works in conjunction with regulatory bodies to create an environment in which these networks can be swiftly and cost-effectively deployed.”

SCF believes that dense HetNets represent a fundamental shift in telecoms infrastructure, providing the underlying communications backbone for pervasive and robust connectivity, and more efficient utilisation of spectrum and network resources.

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