LTE in a Box

LTE with its all-IP architecture, robust radio technology based on orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM), high bandwidth and low latency is the technology of choice for deployment in niche scenarios such as defense, search & rescue, public safety and rural environment. ‘LTE in a Box’ provides a highly portable and flexible solution for deploying LTE networks in such niche scenarios.

In deployment scenarios such as defense, public safety or rural areas, given the fact that there are not always a very high number of subscribers, a macro LTE solution is not an optimal option. Traffic usage pattern in these cases is also entirely different from macro commercial deployment. Moreover, network infrastructure in these cases need to be flexible and highly portable. ‘LTE in a Box’ is an ideal fit for such deployments possessing all the necessary features to address these requirements.

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LTE in a Box

LTE with its all-IP architecture, robust radio technology based on orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM), high bandwidth and low latency is the technology of choice for deployment in niche scenarios such as defense, search & rescue, public safety and rural environment. ‘LTE in a Box’ provides a highly portable and flexible solution for deploying LTE networks in such niche scenarios.

In deployment scenarios such as defense, public safety or rural areas, given the fact that there are not always a very high number of subscribers, a macro LTE solution is not an optimal option. Traffic usage pattern in these cases is also entirely different from macro commercial deployment. Moreover, network infrastructure in these cases need to be flexible and highly portable. ‘LTE in a Box’ is an ideal fit for such deployments possessing all the necessary features to address these requirements.

Aricent’s enabling software for ‘LTE in a Box’ comprises of its eNodeB and EPC (Evolved Packet Core) enabling software. The software has been integrated with a small form factor. It’s available in 2 different formats:

  1. On Commercial of-the-Shelf (COTS) PC hosting Octasic’s OCT BTS 3600 platform
  2. On Octasic’s OCT BTS 8000

This Aricent-Octasic joint ‘LTE in a box’ offering is capable of providing both voice and data services.

It can be used for various deployments.

Features

Authentication

  • Ability to authenticate subscribers that are locally configured
  • Can also interface with external networks for authentication

Data synchronization

  • Capable of synching data from centralized servers

Voice connectivity

  • Provides voice call support through PSTN network
  • Ability to fall back on 3G networks for voice calls

Messaging

  • External application servers can be used to provide messaging
  • Support to the user equipment (UE) External applications can also be placed on the same box

System control

  • Provides web based management for monitoring and controlling the network

Remote connectivity

  • Provides connection to multiple distributed networks
  • At connectivity failure, fallback to provide remote connection

Use Cases

The ‘LTE in a Box’ can be leveraged by communication equipment providers to develop customized LTE solutions for niche markets:

Disaster Management / Search & Rescue - Can be used to build networks during disaster management when macro services may be down due to a calamity

Defense - Backpack solutions in defense for enabling LTE networks especially when portability becomes very important

Enterprises - Small and medium enterprises can deploy local LTE networks for employees and guests

Neutral Hosts - Can be used as a neutral hosts that can be leveraged by multiple service providers for deploying a network within an enterprise or in a building

Greenfield Rural Deployments - The offering can be used to provide local connectivity in small rural areas, in case the connectivity with central servers is lost

Benefits

  • Aricent is a pioneer and leader in LTE software and we engage with leading communication equipment providers across the globe.
  • Aricent provides end-to-end product engineering services including consulting, design, development, integration, testing, support and maintenance for all engineering needs.
  • Deep expertise in the LTE domain across devices, Radio Access Networks and packet core.
  • Extensive partner ecosystem with leading chipset and platform vendors.
  • Our offerings has been extensively tested and deployed in some of the most demanding markets across the world.
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