NSN Announces Range of New Small Cells
Published on: 20th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) says that it has expanded its small cells range to add TD LTE and extra frequency bands as well as incorporating Wi Fi.
In addition, a new indoor Flexi Zone pico base station is the only indoor small cell with the same capacity and running the same software as a macro base station.
"Although operator interest in small cells is clearly growing, deployments have been limited as operators still have lots of concerns with current small cell offerings. Vendor enhancements, such as those NSN has recently announced, are bringing those portfolios in better alignment with real-world operator requirements," said Daryl Schoolar, principal analyst, network infrastructure, Ovum.
NSN's new Flexi Zone base stations also benefit from NSN's recently announced dynamic, load-balancing eICIC that it says provides 30% capacity improvement.
"These developments will catalyze the wide adoption of small cells to help operators build capacity and coverage by complementing the macro-cellular network with access points that integrate LTE and Wi-Fi," said Randy Cox, head of Small Cells product management at NSN. "Adding Flexi Zone controller can create almost unlimited capacity and up to very large indoor coverage by deploying clusters of access points, which also deliver overall cost savings of up to 50% compared to conventional small cell deployments."