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Multi-operator small cell solutions for In-building wireless


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Randall Schwarz of Wireless 20/20 and Nick Johnson of ip.access explore the economics of Enterprise cellular solutions, in line with the next stage of the critical evolution of small cells. They explain how the cost advantages of neutral host and cost effective shared radio access will allow underserved enterprise customers to take control of their own destiny.

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Multi-operator small cell solutions for In-building wireless

  1. 1. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Mul$-Operator Solu$ons for In-Building Wireless Randall Schwarz Wireless 20/20 Nick Johnson ip.access
  2. 2. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Agenda •  Randall Schwarz, Principal consultant –  Overview of today’s in-building soluFons –  IntroducFon to the ‘Middleprise’ –  Trends around In-Building Networks •  Nick Johnson, CTO and Head of PLM –  MulF-Operator Small Cell SoluFons –  Importance of Neutral Host Small Cell Systems –  What’s the Business Model? –  WiROI test results •  3 financial comparisons of Viper, DAS and other small cell soluFons •  Q&A
  3. 3. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Today’s In-Building Voice and Data Solu$ons •  Distributed Antenna Systems [DAS] Provide mul$-carrier networks in the largest venues, such as stadiums and airports •  Single Operator Small Cells Provide coverage for a single carrier in a building with no mobile recep$on or to support buildings with sporadic or poor coverage. Mobile operator sponsored solu$on •  MulB Operator Small Cells Support emerging need for mul$ carrier in-building solu$ons. Neutral Host or Enterprise sponsored solu$on. 3
  4. 4. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Middleprise Market for Wireless Network Solu$ons 4
  5. 5. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Middleprise Venue Market 5 Source: Rocky Mountain InsFtute DistribuFon of U.S. Commercial Buildings by Size A $20bn market opportunity Less than 2% addressed with any sort of in-building cellular coverage solu$on!
  6. 6. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Trends around In-Building Wireless Networks Several key trends contribute to the need for improved in-building wireless networks: •  The expansion of smartphones BYOD usage in enterprise environments means that mulB-operator mobile service is now a mission-cri$cal requirement •  Changes in building construc$on standards (esp. LEED) that prevent outdoor coverage from penetra$ng indoors •  Eighty percent of traffic is generated indoors for MNOs based on Small Cell Forum research and data from the Cisco VNI survey (2016) •  Quality wireless service has become the expected norm, including inside offices, in hospitality environments, retail environments or any place of entertainment •  Venue owners have realized the value and importance of their wireless rights leading to uncertainty in the business model 6
  7. 7. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Support Middleprise with Mul$-Operator Small Cells •  Middle to small venues are challenge to support the high overhead cost for DAS •  Typical small soluBons can be lower cost –  but you need to deploy 4X infrastructure to support 4 MNOs –  can be less CapEx in some cases, but may lead to higher OpEx than DAS. •  A mulBple operator small cell soluBon can provide the best of both worlds •  MulB-operator small cell soluBons must meet several challenges –  Determine what spectrum could be used •  Use spectrum from a “donor” MNO •  Use Neutral Spectrum like CBRS or MulteFire –  Support traffic demands for all operators –  Support virtual EPC and interoperability with all MNOs –  Develop business models to support deployments 7
  8. 8. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Audience Poll Ques$on #1 Which of the following applies to the building you are in today? 1.  No in-building system installed 2.  DAS installed 3.  Small Cells installed 4.  POOR mobile service 5.  GOOD mobile service Answer 1/2/3 and 4/5
  9. 9. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Audience Poll Ques$on #2 When will Middleprise in-building cellular wireless become widely deployed? 1.  Within next 1-2 years 2.  3-5 years 3.  More than 5 years 4.  Never 5.  Don’t know
  10. 10. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Mul$-Operator deployment using Tradi$onal Small Cells One Access Point (AP) per MNO
  11. 11. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Super Mul$-Operator (SUMOTM) Small Cell Solu$ons ViperTM : -  4G range of Access Points (APs) -  Virtualised Access Control Gateways -  Virtualised Small Cells as a Service -  SUMOTM capability providing Neutral Host controlled resource and capacity sharing Allowing ONE small cell AP to provide in-building coverage for all MNO networks MINIMIZING costs, footprint and distribu$on.
  12. 12. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. What’s the Business Model? Who does what to whom? 12 Neutral Host DAS Vendors Small Cell Vendors Building Owner Tenant MNO1 MNO 2 MNO 3 MNO 4 Wi-Fi Vendors
  13. 13. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Financial comparisons Example one
  14. 14. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Financial comparisons Example two
  15. 15. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Financial comparisons Example three
  16. 16. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Small Cells in the “Middleprise” •  Economically viable in-building solu$ons have become cri$cal •  Mobile carriers expand and densify their 4G LTE networks to meet the ever-increasing capacity requirements •  MNOs begin planning 5G access solu$ons •  Key market trends and technologies enabling evolu$on of small cells •  The cost advantages of neutral host access •  Cost-effec$ve Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing •  Underserved ‘Middleprise’ customers to ‘take control of their own des$ny’ in geqng high quality cellular service into their premises •  ViperTM solu$on provides CapEx and OpEx savings of up to 80% 16
  17. 17. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Audience Poll Ques$on #3 What spectrum is most likely to be used for in-building cellular? 1.  Separately licenced by each operator 2.  Donor spectrum by lead operator 3.  CBRS or similar lightly licenced 4.  Unlicensed (e.g. MulteFire)
  18. 18. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Mul$-Operator Solu$ons for In-building Wireless Randall Schwarz Wireless 20/20 Nick Johnson ip.access
  19. 19. © 2017 ThinkSmallCell Ltd. Further Informa$on: Click here to download the Wireless 20/20 White Paper hsp://$-Carrier- Small-Cell-Solu$ons.pdf Links to the slides and webinar recording will be emailed to all registrants within 24hrs Please feedback your comments and sugges$ons via the audience survey – we read them all Mul$-Operator Solu$ons for In-building Wireless