Small cells at scale

Dr. Prabhakar Chitrapu, the new chair of the Small Cell Forum (SCF), speaks to Sam Fenwick about his priorities for the organisation and its work to address many of the challenges associated with large-scale small cell rollouts.

One of the most impressive things about the telecoms industry is the dedication of its members, and a visible sign of this is the way many of the senior roles in the organisations that play a vital role in the advancement of technology are held by volunteers who already have high-pressured and demanding jobs of their own. It requires a tremendous balancing act – after all, as the old saying goes ‘no-one can serve two masters’ – and one made even more demanding by the strains of international travel and the inevitable time away from kith and kin.

Take the Small Cell Forum (SCF), where such concerns prompted David Orloff, who had been its chair since 2016, to step down. Fortunately, his successor, Dr. Prabhakar Chitrapu, is no stranger to SCF, as he has been involved with it since 2010 and previously served as chair of the forum’s TECH & 5G Working Group. He has also led SCF’s collaborations with other industry bodies and is understandably keen to continue to drive this in his new role and extend this approach to other stakeholders.

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