Real Wireless is focused on bridging the gap – not only between the users of wireless and the suppliers of wireless systems and services but also between communications needs and wireless capabilities. That goes for transportation in particular.
The potential uses of wireless in transportation includes everything from ticketing and signalling to safety – and of course passenger connectivity on the move. But the needs, constraints and regulatory environment of transport differ not just between automotive, sea, rail and air sectors, but also within those industries, as was made clear at the recent Cambridge Wireless Event, ‘How Innovation is Reinventing Rail Travel’, which I attended as a Champion of the Automotive & Transport SIG.
John Okas, Real Wireless Strategic Wireless Business Expert
Workshop for EC study on licence-exempt equipment
Real Wireless and applied research consultancy Tech4i2 held a workshop in Brussels on 17th March to gain input for our study for the EC to assess the extent and application of licence-exempt (LE) equipment being sold and used in the EU between now and 2030.
The study will be used to help the European Commission in its goal of making available sufficient licence-exempt spectrum, harmonised at EU level, for future wireless innovation. It will enable a clearer understanding of the use of harmonised frequency bands by different categories of LE radio equipment in Europe, essential information for planning current and future spectrum requirements and managing congestion. It will also examine how the policies regarding such equipment differ between Europe and the US. It’s a great example of our work to ‘bridge the gap’ between the wireless industry and the vertical sectors which gain value from wireless. The workshop was very well attended, with representatives of equipment manufacturers, vertical industry sectors and regulators. A series of focus groups provided views on the benefits and spectrum needs of LE equipment in smart homes, offices, healthcare, stadiums, transport and industrial facilities. Work on the study will conclude in the autumn.
5G – hot topic or hot air?
5G is a hot topic, yet it can be hard to find solid content on the subject, as demonstrated by Rupert Baines’ recent article suggesting that 5G risks being an expensive fiasco. The team at Real Wireless have deep knowledge and strong opinions on all things 5G, and anyone interested in the subject should watch this space for significant new announcements about our role in making sure this technology lives up to its promises.
Real Wireless 2015 Manifesto: how wireless will – or should – evolve
A challenging year for industry and a complex wireless technology landscape, but a very promising outlook for consumers and wireless users alike. Those were the main findings of the Real Wireless 2015 Manifesto, published just before Mobile World Congress in February.
This, the second of our annual Manifestos draws upon the knowledge of Real Wireless’ independent wireless experts, whose technical, regulatory and commercial expertise spans all areas of the wireless industry. It looks at every aspect of the wireless industry, from 5G to indoor and rural coverage, spectrum, transportation, M2M and more. The issues discussed affect not just operators and vendors, but also regulators and all those that use wireless technology.
This year’s document follows and builds upon the success of our 2014 Manifesto, which correctly predicted many of the last year’s wireless industry developments.
“In 2015 we’re anticipating that the wireless landscape will become even more complicated, with operators moving towards quad-play and rolling out new services at the same time as facing increased subscriber pressure”, says Professor Simon Saunders, Director of Technology, at Real Wireless. For operators this means looking at new ways to differentiate and for regulators they need to assess just how much competition is healthy.”
Cloud RAN study finds small cells save 69% of costs vs. DAS
Airvana, a leading provider of small cell solutions, has announced a study revealing that a Cloud RAN small cell solution can reduce costs by 69%, compared to traditional distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions. Real Wireless was commissioned to conduct the study due to their extensive experience in real-world in-building wireless solutions.
These findings may surprise some people; they certainly challenge a number of preconceptions. However, they result from a rigorous analysis of not just the technological options but of their commercial suitability. Real Wireless can draw on significant expertise in both areas, resulting in a comprehensive scientific and economic assessment. In this context the Real Wireless analysis found a clear cost-saving case for a Cloud RAN small cell-based approach to in-building coverage over DAS, even where multi-operator service provision is involved.
Professor Simon Saunders, Real Wireless Director of Technology, led the study team. “While we have long seen the potential for enterprise small cells, this is the first time a definitive cost comparison has been conducted. Significant savings are encountered even for multi-operator situations and smaller buildings, heralding potentially explosive growth on the tiny (<2%) penetration of dedicated wireless solutions in office buildings to date.”
Real Wireless advise on cross-industry spectrum requirements
The UK Spectrum Policy Forum, the industry-led sounding board to Government and Ofcom, has launched the first in a series of reports on UK Spectrum Usage and Demand. Based on research from Real Wireless and drawing on the inputs of a panel of contributors for each sector, the report includes views on the importance of spectrum as a national resource from the space, utilities, business radio, meteorology and mobile industries.
UK Spectrum Usage and Demand sets out the spectrum needs of different sectors in relation to their contributions to social and economic value. As such, the report reflects the sometimes contradictory priorities from different industries, with the aim of fostering open discussion and mutual understanding.
Professor Simon Saunders, Director of Technology at Real Wireless said: “Real Wireless was commissioned to provide a snapshot of current spectrum usage and expected long-term future needs of the major users of spectrum in the UK. The report identifies the business and societal activities that depend on spectrum and associated drivers of value. We found that there are multiple industries with sometimes conflicting requirements, so the work of the Spectrum Policy Forum is of vital importance if UK industries are to get the most from wireless services. At Real Wireless we work to bridge that gap between the users of wireless and the suppliers of wireless services.”
Real Wireless is quality!
We are proud to announce that Real Wireless’ quality management system is now certified by BSI. As the world’s most widely recognised quality management standard, BSI’s ISO 9001 will help us to achieve our commitment to a professional and high quality approach to satisfying all our customers' needs.
Carla Whyte, Performance Management Specialist at BSI commented: “By gaining certification to ISO 9001, Real Wireless has demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of their systems and services. Implementing processes that allow them to enhance the way they operate at all levels will ensure improved operational performance and more efficient ways of working. This achievement is a credit to their pledge towards being a fast moving and innovative organisation."
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Small Cells World Summit Event: Small Cells World Summit Date: 9 - 11th June 2015 Venue: ExCel Exhibition Centre London What: Real Wireless judging Small Cell Forum Small Cell Industry Awards
Connected Britain Event: Connected Britain – Exploring the opportunities and benefits of greater connectivity for Britain Date: 16 - 17 June 2015 Venue: Park Plaza, Victoria, London What: Simon Saunders will be presenting on the challenges of ‘Can we have it all? Negotiating the tension between speed and coverage’.