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SCWS London: Neutral hosts have make-or-break role in densification

This week’s Small Cells World Summit (SCWS) in London was less obsessed with 5G than many current conferences, and instead was focused on the practicalities of driving mobile connectivity into every corner, in order to support new service providers and use cases – regardless of the radio technology. The overall theme was that many users and industries still need far better connectivity, sometimes with specialized capabilities such as high reliability. Indoor locations, densely populated city centers and transport hubs, roads and railways, vertical markets with demanding connectivity requirements – these will not be addressed only with the classic model of an MNO, armed with an exclusive licence, building a macro network and then filling the gaps with selected small cells.…

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