Tareq Amin of Reliance Jio has been recently elected to Small Cell Forum board.
Apart from Tareq Amin, the newly elected Small Cell Forum board comprises of Piyush Raj, American Tower; Prabhakar Chitrapu, AT&T; Luigi Tarlazzi, CommScope; Mark Reudink, Crown Castle; Martin Ljungberg, Ericsson; Tormod Larsen, ExteNet Systems; Nansen Ding, Huawei; Mike Cronin, Node-H; Randy Cox, Nokia; Caleb Banke, Qualcomm Technologies; Aya Mukaikubo, SoftBank; and Art King, SpiderCloud Wireless.
Small Cell Forum (SCF) has also welcomed nine new members from across the wireless and Internet ecosystems, further expanding its breadth of expertise –especially in key Asian markets – and strengthening its efforts in laying the groundwork for robust and interoperable 5G networks. The Forum’s new members are: Ciena, Druid, Fastback Networks, InCoax, NextNav, Plasma Antennas, Raycap, Shenzen Gongjin Electronics and Technicolor.
As networks continue to densify and evolve, Small Cell Forum is becoming an increasingly vital hub for industry activity around densification and 5G. It is gathering many inputs from a wide range of members and partner organizations, and is starting to coordinate these to create a unified output which will underpin future platforms.
The industry will continue to look toward the Small Cell Forum for guidelines, models, processes, and technology understanding to ensure a successful evolution toward hyperdense networks and 5G.
Existing members include BT, Cable & Wireless, China Telecom, Ericsson, Huawei, iBwave, Intel, KT, Nokia, Orange and Telefonica. Collectively, SCF operator members serve more than 2 billion subscribers and operate more than 15 million hotspots globally.
“Small cells are now widely accepted as the key way in which large scale capacity will be delivered across mobile networks. Therefore, it remains critical that the whole telecoms and services ecosystem is ready to support the growing wave of small cell deployments both on today’s LTE networks as well as future evolutions,” said David Orloff, Chair of Small Cell Forum.