Qualcomm and Sprint Conduct Live Trial of Hyper-Dense Small Cell Network
Published on: 5th Mar 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Qualcomm and USA based Sprint says that they have demonstrated the second phase of an over the air trial of an LTE TDD hyper dense small cell network at the Phoenix International Raceway.
The trial took place last weekend, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series March Phoenix Race.
As part of the trial, Qualcomm installed 31 small cell base stations in the garage area of the Phoenix International Raceway in order to test density limits, measure network performance capabilities and quantify the potential impact on users' mobile experiences. This hyper-dense network demonstration, built with Airspan's AirSynergy 2000 LTE-Advanced Pico Base Stations, is powered by Qualcomm'd small cell chipsets and UltraSON (Self Organizing Network) technology.
The hyper-dense network has an equivalent density of 1000 cells per km2 operating on Sprint's band 41 LTE spectrum.
"This trial of a hyper-dense small cell network allowed us to showcase how our silicon and software solutions, including UltraSON software, improve the aggregate throughput of a cellular network, and reduce frequent handovers and signaling load to the core network." said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president, Qualcomm Atheros.
While traditional macro cell towers excel at providing wide area coverage, small cell deployment is designed to offer a more cost-effective solution to deliver high levels of mobile data capacity in both indoor and outdoor venues, with the added benefit of exceptional performance in areas of dense usage like shopping centers, hospitality venues, and sporting events.
"Small cells will play a critical role in Sprint's network strategy," said Iyad Tarazi, vice president of network, Sprint. "NASCAR is one of Sprint's most important sponsorships, so we are thrilled to help bring this technology trial to Phoenix International Raceway in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies."