“Small cells will provide the backbone upon which 5G will be built and, as regulations ease and barriers lower, we are seeing operators realise their plans for truly dense HetNets to support the networks of today and the future,” said David Orloff, Chair of Small Cell Forum. “The Forum and its partners have spent considerable amounts of time working with regulators around the world, sharing our considerable expertise to create an environment in which small cells can realise their potential. While this is reaping rewards in many regions, there are others who run the risk of being left behind – and it is critical that regulators allow operators the freedom to build out the next generation networks and the enhanced connectivity they will bring.”
Undertaken by Rethink Technology Research, the survey questioned 98 respondents (66 MNOs, 32 other service providers) deployment plans and business drivers to produce forecasts through to 2025, as well as identifying key enablers and barriers, and key use case drivers.
The full research report and Release 10 documents are available for download from scf.io.