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Small Cells, Wi-Fi, and London oh my!


The last two weeks in London have been filled with innovation in the wireless world. Two large industry shows were held back to back in London this year, the Small Cell World Summit and the WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress.

Key Takeaways from Small Cell World Summit

  • The buzz in the room was around actual applications and proof of concepts for small cells, specifically in the enterprise and small medium business space, not just the technology itself
  • With the recent close of acquisition, Cisco and Ubiquisys were able to unite publically for the first time, drawing a lot of attention to our expanded small cell portfolio
  • Attendance was outstanding, over 740 attendees including 230 operators, you could feel the energy in the conference room, speaking sessions and evening events
  • We won the prestigious Small Cell Forum Industry Award for the Cisco Management Heartbeat Server
  • Small Cells and Wi-Fi are not mutually exclusive, bringing licensed and unlicensed technologies together to live in the same environment is our future

Key Takeaways from WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress

  • Two major topics that were being discussed: Seamless Capability and Monetization Strategies, seems like the industry is coming together to share the different ways different operators are creating business models around Wi-Fi
  • With the announcement of Hotspot 2.0 being available on Apple’s launch of iOS 7 in the fall of 2013, conversation of public access of seamless connectivity became louder
  • Partho Mishra, VP/ GM of Small Cell Technology Group, presented how SP Wi-Fi goes beyond offloading and is a Business Innovation, describing our Connected Mobile Experience Solution
  • Many conversations were around bringing Licensed and Unlicensed technologies together to create a seamless experience for the end user

After attending both shows, it was great to see the Small Cell industry and Wi-Fi industry really coming together. Each event had its own perspective on how the two technologies will work together, but there was a great amount of overlap. This underscores that the seamless connectivity between licensed and unlicensed technologies is becoming the new normal. Both major shows were held in London this year, back to back, that’s already a good start! Resources

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