SCF and TIA to collaborate on smart cities and enterprise connectivity

September 13, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Small Cell Forum (SCF) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) have announced a far-reaching alliance to address two of the most important growth areas in connectivity – smart communities and smart buildings.

The two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work on technical, commercial and regulatory aspects.  They will share existing work and expertise and develop systems that simplify and accelerate deployment of dense networks and in-building connectivity.

David Orloff, Chair of SCF, said, “Every enterprise and community needs to be ‘smart’ to provide the best services and take advantage of the Internet of Things and other developing technologies. But this presents complex challenges which no one organization can fully address. TIA and SCF share many of the same goals and we expect this alliance to lead to significant results, especially in advancing our drive towards 5G.”

Brenda Boehm, Chief Strategy Officer of TIA said, “Industry collaboration is clearly needed to realize the full potential of smart communities, whether they take the form of buildings, campuses or entire cities. There are enormous opportunities to drive efficiencies, improve operational effectiveness, deliver faster and safer transportation, and more. Working together, we will be well positioned to accelerate the development and deployment of critical micro-wireless 5G technology in the community ecosystem.”

At SCF’s first-ever Partners’ Day, the two organizations discussed the priority areas where combined efforts can lead to meaningful progress. From that came several specific goals, including:

  • simplified regulatory regimes, especially in cities;
  • new approaches to enterprise deployment, including neutral host;
  • common deployment frameworks that meet the needs of all stakeholders;
  • and, new architectures, such as virtualization, to enable flexible, efficient networks.