NEC Introduces LTE Support for its E-RAN In-Building Small Cells

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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."

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