Many 5G target use cases – such as ultra-high definition video, industrial automation and “smart building” applications – will be deployed inside buildings. To fulfill the 5G vision, operators need to deliver exceptional 5G performance—ultra-high data rates with high reliability and low latency—indoors.
“We are committed to serving all our customers, whether they need a large macro cell solution covering a wider area over multiple floors or a dedicated system tailored for a specific construction,” said Kye Prigg, head of networks, Vodafone UK. “That’s why we continue to heavily invest in smart indoor technology that will take advantage of 5G to help improve business productivity and people’s well-being wherever they work.”
Enabling enterprise services—from autonomous vehicles in factories to e-health services in hospitals—can become a key business opportunity for wireless network operators in 5G. To help operators seize such opportunities, CommScope has enhand its OneCell C-RAN small cell to deliver optimal in-building performance and ensure smooth migration to 5G.
“Much of the industry thinking to date around 5G has carried an implicit bias toward outdoor delivery models. It’s refreshing to see this challenged with innovation focused on in-building use cases,” said Nick Marshall, research director, ABI Research. “Success in-building will become more critical for mobile operators as they seek to create value-added services for enterprises.”
CommScope has identified four functional principles for in-building wireless in the 5G era:
CommScope has evolved its OneCell C-RAN small cell solution to meet all these 5G requirements. The enhanced OneCell portfolio includes a new radio point platform, the multi-carrier RP5000 Series, which features software-programmable radios that can flexibly support new air interfaces to enable LTE-to-5G migration.
With the RP5000 radio points, OneCell is a 5G-ready in-building LTE solution that combines carrier-grade performance and reliability with deployment simplicity for single- and multi-operator environments. With OneCell, wireless operators and neutral hosts can fully participate in 5G-enabled services while preserving their investments in LTE.