Small Cell Forum (SCF), the telecoms organization driving universal cellular coverage, and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech connectivity networks, has announced a far-reaching alliance to address two of the most important growth areas in connectivity — smart communities and smart buildings, the companies said.
The two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work on technical, commercial and regulatory solutions. They will share existing work and expertise and develop solutions that simplify and accelerate deployment of dense networks and in-building connectivity. This effort will help make smart communities a reality everywhere and drive advanced connectivity into every enterprise building.
As part of its “Transforming the Network” strategic initiative, TIA previously identified smart communities and smart buildings as critical areas of focus. These dovetail with SCF´s two major programs for 2017: Hyperdense Networks — including a focus on smart cities; and the Digitized Enterprise. The common factor is that densification will bring high quality connectivity to every citizen and business, and enable a wide range of new services.
At SCF´s first-ever Partners´ Day, the two organizations discussed the priority areas where combined efforts can lead to meaningful progress. From that came several specific goals, including: simplified regulatory regimes, especially in cities; new approaches to enterprise deployment, including neutral host; common deployment frameworks that meet the needs of all stakeholders; and new architectures, such as virtualization, to enable flexible, efficient networks.
To drive progress in these areas, the partners will share technical and commercial solutions, identifying common ground and avoiding duplication. The organizations have also agreed to explore opportunities for technical collaboration, particularly in the following areas:
TIA´s mission is to advance global connectivity and accelerate business growth by convening the entire supply chain of communications — more than 250 companies including the service providers, manufacturers and suppliers, software developers, distributors and integrators, consultants and educators — that build and support the communications and information networks of today and tomorrow. TIA is also accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit TIAonline.org.
Small Cell Forum works to drive the wide-scale adoption of small cells and accelerate the delivery of integrated HetNets.