Small Cells

Small cells help in maximizing coverage and capacity without additional spectrum, enhance end user experience and also provide an alternate path for offloading data from operator’s congested macro networks. With their proximity to the user, small footprint and ability to use the existing backhaul connectivity available at end user’s premises, small cells are proving to be a very cost-effective means of providing mobile broadband coverage in enterprises, homes and public venues. The emergence of multi-mode small cells supporting multiple standards, such as 3G and LTE, will ensure that they continue to play a critical role in heterogeneous network deployments.

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Small Cells

Small cells help in maximizing coverage and capacity without additional spectrum, enhance end user experience and also provide an alternate path for offloading data from operator’s congested macro networks. With their proximity to the user, small footprint and ability to use the existing backhaul connectivity available at end user’s premises, small cells are proving to be a very cost-effective means of providing mobile broadband coverage in enterprises, homes and public venues. The emergence of multi-mode small cells supporting multiple standards, such as 3G and LTE, will ensure that they continue to play a critical role in heterogeneous network deployments.

Aricent offers a comprehensive suite of standards-compliant software frameworks and protocol stacks to help Communication Equipment Providers (CEPs) rapidly develop small sell access points and gateways. These small cell software frameworks are available pre-integrated with and optimized on the leading reference hardware platforms to help reduce time-to-market, complexity and risk.

These software frameworks provides a complete set of building blocks to develop standalone solutions for both LTE and HSPA technologies, or dual-mode solutions that support both LTE and HSPA simultaneously. Industry’s first commercially deployed 3G and LTE small cell solutions used Aricent’s 3G and LTE small cell software frameworks.

Features:

LTE Small Cell

  • 3GPP compliance - Release 10
  • LTE Carrier Aggregation (CA) with up to 2x20 MHz support
  • Broadband Forum defined TR-069 based management interface with TR-196 data model support suitable for small cells
  • Small Cell Forum defined Femto Application Platform Interfaces (FAPI) compliant Layer 1 interface(http://www.smallcellforum.org/)
  • S1 interface based backhaul connectivity with Core Network/Aggregation Node
  • LTE TDD and FDD support
  • Self-Organizing Network (SON) features to help automate network configuration, deployment and operations—reducing the cost and complexity of maintaining a network
  • Dynamic Radio Resource Management (RRM) functionality for optimized mobility and load management, including Inter-RAT mobility
  • Integrated and tested with leading layer 1/PHY software on various reference hardware platforms

3G/HSPA Small Cell

  • 3GPP compliance - Release 8
  • Dual-Cell HSPA support in Downlink
  • Broadband Forum defined TR-069 based management interface with TR-196 data model support suitable for small cells
  • Iuh interface based backhaul connectivity with Core Network/Aggregation Node
  • Dynamic Radio Resource Management (RRM) functionality for optimized mobility and load management, including Inter-RAT mobility
  • Integrated and tested with leading NodeB PHY software on various reference hardware platforms

Benefits

  • Flexible architecture provides unmatched scalability: A flexible and modular architecture ensures high scalability. Aricent small cell software framework can support various form factors and SoCconfigurations ranging from a single-core deployment to a multi-cluster, multi-core architecture for dual mode support and higher number of subscribers.
  • Support for multiple technologies provides substantial cost savings: Our software is capable of supporting both LTE and HSPA simultaneously on two clusters of a single SoC. This translates into major cost savings for both operators and subscribers as it eliminates the need for deploying standalone solutions.
  • Interoperability with commercial core networks and handsets: Aricent solution is based on 3GPP-defined standard core network and radio interfaces —ensuring seamless inter-operability and performance.
  • Plug-and-Play Functionality: Incorporates advanced Self Organizing Network (SON) features that enable auto-configuration and self-healing mechanisms for quicker deployment in large scale.
  • Product engineering services for custom small cell solution: Aricent offers a comprehensive and focused product engineering servicealong with its software framework offerings to help custom small cell solutions with accelerated time-to-market reducing development risks.
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