Global5G.org has published its White Paper entitled “How Europe can accelerate network densification for the 5G Era”. Network densification through the deployment of next-generation of small cells will be key for increasing capacity, improving coverage, and improving energy efficiency. Small cells also enhance capacity in rural areas, thereby helping to reduce the digital divide by bringing much needed coverage to agricultural communities and small businesses. As such, small cells are a critical component of 5G networks.
With 5G being a catalyst for network densification, Europe needs to take steps to enable the deployment of very high-capacity networks that enhance mobile broadband experience and support high device densities. This is especially important to meet the demand for new industrial services across vertical markets through far greater coverage in-building and remote areas. An important regulatory step to lower barriers to 5G rollouts is the European Electronic Communications Code, setting new rules such as the right to install new telecoms equipment and the use of radio spectrum.
This white paper on Small Cells for 5G investigates the evolving small cell ecosystem, showing how network densification can be accelerated with new practical and collaborative approaches underpinned by a lightweight regulatory regime.
The paper draws on an in-depth study made by Global5G.org with findings shared through the Small Cells Forum, with most of the updates coming also from this association.
It is primarily intended for national regulatory authorities representing European Member States and policy makers as a practical guide to network densification.