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Small Cell Forum Installs New Vice Chairs from Softbank & Vodafone
October 16, 2012
By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer
Last week, the Small Cell Forum posted a new set of appointments to vice chair positions, a measure which followed last month's announcement of a new chairman and gives the Small Cell Forum a lot of new expertise in the field with some recognized names in the positions.
The Small Cell Forum put Dr. Alan Law of Vodafone (News - Alert) Group, its new technology manager, as the vice chair for Europe, and put Yoshihito Shimazaki of Softbank, its deputy division director for Mobile Solutions, as the vice chair for Asia. This follows the appointment of Gordon Mansfield of AT&T (News - Alert) as chairman, and gives the Small Cell Forum a wider overall scale in which to operate, as well as the ability to focus on operators' needs in the sector.
Both Law and Shimazaki have been in the Forum for five years--Law chaired the LTE (News - Alert) Special Interest Group and Shimazaki represented Softbank as part of the executive board--so this move provides plenty of extra value and expertise in their particular sectors.
Law's focus, based on his remarks upon his ascension to the vice chair for Europe, appears to be on small cell and femtocell deployment in both enterprise and public access spaces, especially in terms of establishing open standards to make the development and deployment of small cells easier to perform. Shimazaki, meanwhile, rang a note of assent, also calling for more work with governments and other regulatory groups in issues like zoning to ensure the smoothest possible rollout of the new technology.
Since the Small Cell Forum has more than 140 members--including 67 operators that in turn represent fully 2.92 billion subscribers, or 47 percent of the global total subscriber count--it's clear that it has a vested interest in the promotion and release of small cell technology. Considering the variety of advantages that can be brought to bear thanks to small cells and femtocells alike, it gives the Small Cell Forum plenty to work with in terms of getting the devices out into the field where the fullest possible range of their value can be brought to bear.
Small cells themselves represent a potential future that involves a lot more connectivity and better bandwidth availability, especially for mobile users. Since most mobile users want more connectivity and better data speed and access anyway, especially if it can come without the need for bandwidth caps, the end results of the Small Cell Forum are likely to be popular indeed with the mobile user community.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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