Small Cell Forum

Small Cell Forum supports the wide-scale adoption of small cells. Our mission is to accelerate small cell adoption to change the shape of mobile networks and maximize the potential of mobile services.

SpiderCloud’s Role - SpiderCloud's active role in the Forum includes Art King (our Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies) as a member of the Board of the Forum, and the Vice Chair of the Services Working Group. Tassos Michail (our Director of Product Management) as the Vice Chair of the Deployment SIG.


The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) unites [Six] telecommunications standard development organizations (ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TTA, TTC), known as “Organizational Partners” and provides their members with a stable environment to produce the Reports and Specifications that define 3GPP technologies. The project covers cellular telecommunications network technologies, including radio access, the core transport network, and service capabilities - including work on codecs, security, quality of service - and thus provides complete system specifications. The specifications also provide hooks for non-radio access to the core network, and for interworking with Wi-Fi networks.


ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies. We are officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. The high quality of our work and our open approach to standardization has helped us evolve into a European roots - global branches operation with a solid reputation for technical excellence. ETSI is a not-for-profit organization with more than 800 ETSI member organizations drawn from 64 countries across 5 continents world-wide.


The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with more than 230 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the  Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.


GSA (the Global mobile Suppliers Association) represents mobile suppliers worldwide, engaged in infrastructure, semiconductors, devices, services and applications development, and support services. The website is used by industry professionals and organizations from 200 countries globally as a single information resource, targeted to the industry, including surveys, market/technology/subscriptions updates, information papers, GSM/EDGE-WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ network deployments, devices availability, applications/services, operator case studies, success stories, and latest developments in the evolution to LTE/SAE including LTE network operator commitments. GSA advises governments, administrations and policy-makers on optimum conditions for market development. Briefings are given to media and analysts. Additional resources and opportunities are available for member companies. The New Ventures Program assists start-up wireless application developers to assist access to the global market. Fixed and mobile network operators are supported in the Operators Zone, and through practical information-sharing activities including the GSA Mobile Broadband Forum.

HetNet Forum

The HetNet Forum, a membership body within PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, is dedicated to the development of the Heterogeneous Network (HetNet), a combination of Distributed Antenna System solutions, small cell technologies and Wi-Fi infrastructure working together to enable wireless broadband coverage and capacity. HetNets provide increased network coverage, capacity and quality through the use of a variety of infrastructure and technology, enabling seamless voice and data communications.

We facilitate global knowledge-capital collaboration, delivering unfiltered real time insight into vital technology, market and ecosystem evolution. Our technology-neutral Community provides leadership to:
  • Identify new markets, products & service opportunities
  • Illuminate potential supply chain gaps
  • Network with first-hand knowledge experts for ALL things wireless.


MulteFire Alliance is an international association dedicated to building a global ecosystem in support of the common interests of members, developers and users in the application of Long Term Evolution (LTE) and next generation mobile cellular technology in configurations that use only unlicensed radio spectrum.