NEC Introduces LTE Support for its E-RAN In-Building Small Cells
Published on: 18th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
NEC has introduced a new version of its E RAN solution featuring multimode small cells an on premises services node and an upgraded small cell gateway.
Using an enterprise's existing Ethernet infrastructure, the E-RAN solution avoids the need for coaxial cable installation works, CAT6/7 Ethernet re-wiring or specialist indoor radio planning, reducing installation times.
MEC said that it also uses only a fraction of the power of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) without the need for special air-conditioning and associated operating costs.
"Our mobile operator customers tell us that they can only deploy a fraction of the large scale in-building coverage deployments requested by customers in any given year," said Martin Guthrie, Head of Business Development EMEA -- Small Cells at NEC Europe. "E-RAN is a mature and proven solution - which now supports LTE - that costs significantly less than DAS from both a capital and operational perspective and is very quick to install. It also provides an opportunity to generate revenue from what is traditionally seen as a defensive investment in the customer."