MWC preview: LTE and small cells

Mobile World Congress kicks off on Monday in Barcelona, which means major news will be coming from the telecommunications industry, specifically in regards to LTE.  As LTE networks are being built out across the world new technology and services are being created. Whether it is for the migration from 2G/3G to LTE, or connecting LTE and radio units using microwave backhaul, LTE news will be prevalent next week.  Below are just a few LTE announcements coming out of Mobile World Congress.  Stay tuned for more as the show unfolds.


Ericsson performs microwave connection between LTE and remote radio units
Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) has announced the successful demonstration of microwave connection between LTE main and remote radio units for the first time. The service, an alternative to situations where the use of optical fiber is not ideal, can be used to add small cells to existing networks, thereby creating heterogeneous networks. The connection provides microwave capacity of 2.5Gbps, which is sufficient for a wireless main-remote system in compliance with Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) standards.


NEC Launches Indoor LTE Femtocell Base Stations


NEC Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) announced the launch of new indoor LTE Femtocell base stations for telecom carriers. The base stations allow wireless communications in indoor areas such as offices and homes. The base stations connect to a telecom carrier’s core network through an indoor broadband connection, while the connections between the base stations and terminals occur over LTE. The stations automatically control radio wave interference, which enables users to communications environments indoors, even when installed amid different networks, such as outdoor LTE base stations. The new product is available in an enterprise model and a residential model.


HP personalizes LTE networks, help providers migrate from 2G/3G to LTE


HP (Palo Alto, Calif., USA) announced two new expansions to its HP Actionable Customer Intelligence portfolio for service providers. First, the HP Home Subscriber Server (HSS) service, which supports multiple networks, was enhanced with mobility management features that help providers migrate from 2G/3G networks to LTE networks. Second, the HP Subscriber, Network and Application Policy (SNAP) management service now integrates real-time charging (billing) so providers can apply business rules that allow personalized services.


Napatech synchronizes traffic generation for LTE testing


Napatech (Andover, Mass., USA), a supplier of intelligent network adapters, announced advanced features for synchronizing traffic generation that benefits the testing of LTE networks. These features allow full load traffic to be generated from multiple systems at multiple geographic locations with nanosecond time precision. In the case of LTE, this functionality can be used to simulate multiple devices accessing the mobile network and supported services at precisely the same time.


Agilent Technologies announces approval of LTE conformance platform


Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif., USA) announced that its LTE conformance test platform has met the Test Platform Approval Criteria (TPAC) for Band 13. In addition, the GS-8800 design verification system now has the ability to do TDD LTE RF measurements. TPAC certification means the Agilent GS-8800 LTE conformance test platform enables users to meet development, regression and certification needs for testing with access to more than 80% of certified test cases for Band 13, before initiating the final conformance test.

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