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Issue 39
Issue 39January - February 2016


The 5G standard begins to take shape

Despite the fact that many countries have yet to deploy 4G networks, all the talk in the industry is about the next-generation mobile standard – 5G. Initial work began last year on defining the standard and will really get under way in 2016. James Atkinson checks on progress so far

Computing at the network edge drives new opportunities

Mobile edge computing is predicted to not only improve mobile network efficiency and the user experience, but it will also provide a platform to enable a huge range of new revenue generating services, reports James Atkinson

Virtualisation is only the first step to NFV success

Mobile operators in search of a ‘software only’ NFV solution are likely to be disappointed, as hardware still has to be considered, warns Robin Kent, director of European operations at Adax

Brokering the new commercial model for metropolitan small cells

Steve Greaves, CEO of CCS, believes a different commercial arrangement is inevitable, as the logistics of outdoor small cell deployment in city centres is currently limiting the pace of rollout, more so than any technical constraints

On the road to the smart city in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is one of a number of cities in the UK piloting ‘smart’ initiatives designed to make it more efficient, more sustainable and to improve the lives of its people. James Atkinson finds out more from Tech Mahindra, one of the partner companies involved in the MK:Smart project

Rural coverage: The next frontier for mobile operators

Can technology and business innovation enable mobile operators to reach rural Africa, asks Pier Francesco Lion Stoppato, principal consultant, Mott MacDonald

At the heart of public safety communications

Sue Lampard’s stood down as president of British APCO in November 2015 after two and half years in the role, and three as vice president before that. She talks to Wireless editor James Atkinson about raising the profile of the organisation and its achievements in promoting some major public safety communications initiatives

Ideological castles: is this the right time for ESN?

The UK Government is in the process of moving the emergency services off their dedicated Airwave TETRA communications network and onto a commercial 4G network shared with millions of consumer subscribers. Security expert Dr Dave Sloggett questions the logic of replacing Airwave at a time when the threat of terrorism and other major events, such as floods, has never seemed more imminent