Aricent Helps a Large Japanese OEM Achieve First Mover Advantage on LTE eNodeB
The client, a leading mobile infrastructure manufacturer based in Japan, was faced with getting a complex new network element to market, meeting stringent budget constraints, and ensuring compliance with the evolving LTE specifications in order to deliver a standardscompliant eNodeB solution. In order to gain the first mover advantage in the LTE 4G market, the customer wanted the product to become available in a very aggressive timeframe.
Aricent worked closely with the client to co-create an eNodeB solution for LTE networks by leveraging deep technical expertise in wireless technologies, and extensive experience in co-developing solutions including BTS, BSC, Node B, and RNC systems. Aricent quickly ramped up a dedicated team of engineers, delivering outstanding results in every phase of the project. The following key components were delivered:
- Design, development and quality assurance of the key eNodeB modules, for Intra eNodeB Transport, namely, Setup S1/X2 Interface, Cell and Common Channel Setup, User Setup/ Delete functions, Radio Bearer Reconfiguration, Inter and Intra-eNB Handover.
- Operations and maintenance software such as Health Manager, Alarm Reporting System, Redundancy Manager, Tracing and Logging APIs, and Error Reporting Systems.
- A variety of test tools to simulate various components of eNodeB, thereby reducing the overall test cycle.
The client was able to reduce time-to-market by six months, and accomplish their objective of becoming a first mover in LTE. We quickly ramped up a core team of 14 people in 2 weeks and added 60 skilled engineers in three months to deliver an eNodeB solution quickly under stringent budget conditions – and with strict compliance with evolving LTE specifications. By leveraging its strong relationships with other ecosystem partners, Aricent efficiently aligned its development cycle with the availability of modules from other suppliers, further accelerating the development timelines.
Aricent’s proven expertise, deep domain knowledge, and the ability to quickly adapt to the changing requirements (for both existing and new features) reduced the risk associated with new product development.