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Comms body publishes 5G mmWave white paper

Global comms trade organisation SCF has identified “potential to fulfil greater network capacity” via 5G mmWave. The findings are part of a new white paper from the organisation, titled ‘5G mmWave Small Cells’.

According to a statement, the document aims to help “policy makers, regulators and service providers” understand opportunities existing around 5G mmWave globally. The statement continues: “The paper presents a comprehensive market analysis and demonstrates the growing maturity and viability of the technology, as well as identifying the interplay between mobile operators, enterprise network deployers and users.”

The document is also described as representing a “proactive strategy” for the industry, published on behalf of SCF members Picocom - who led on the project -,Qualcomm, Crown Castle, iCana, BT Wholesale and more.

Discussing the findings, SCF chief strategy officer, Simon Fletcher, said: "With increased demand for heightened network capacity, the case for mmWave is well documented. The technology is well-suited for in-building and smaller cell topologies within outdoor networks, making it ideal for the small cell ecosystem.

"Yet despite being long discussed - and standardised -, deployments have been slow until now. As this paper shows, with significant emerging market opportunity, reducing costs and significant R&D advancements overcoming technical barriers, now is the time for 5G mmWave to live up to its potential."

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