Real Wireless were there, as independent experts around small cells & related technology/strategy/economics of wireless.
Small cells were very prevalent and are definitely part of the mainstream.
* Qualcomm announcing Cisco as a customer
* Announcements from carriers including ATT, Verizon & Vodafone
* The Verizon one was with Samsung, which is significant for them expanding into global market
* ALU announced a win with TIM Brazil - significant as LatAm market has been a bit wary.
* Small Cell Forum issued Release Three for urban & metro small cells (Real Wireless did the business case for this)
* An interesting partnership between Philips & Ericsson for lamposts with small cells built in
* A lot of discussion about Intel buying Mindspeed's wireless BU (largely Picochip as was) and what that means for them
* Cavium announced an architrecture scaling from small cells to macro to CRAN
However, those last few hint at a bigger trend.
While small cells are critical, it is fair to say that the whole of wireless infrastructure is in flux, and there are lots of different approaches.
The convergenve between WiFi (Hotspot 2.0, 11ac) and small cells. Meanwhile, there were lots of announcements on DAS (Comscope, Axell, TE), and ideas like Ericsson's Radio Dot which is sort of DAS/small cell hybrid. Meanwhile there are several different perspectives on cloud-RAN.
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