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Digital Microwave Radio

NEC’s NLite N digital microwave radio is an advanced, high-speed solution for converged wireless backhaul networks and other forward-looking point-to-point microwave radio applications. It employs a common software-defined platform that provides highly flexible and scalable configurations for a diverse range of market needs. Available in split and all-indoor architectures, the digital radio delivers carrier-class performance with versatile interfaces. The NLite N is capable of transporting TDM and native IP traffic without compromising network stability, ensuring seamless migration of TDM network to an all-IP network. The radio meets the increasing demand for digital transmission services, and satisfies the need for integration of a variety of services such as TDM, 3G, LTE, WiMAX and Enterprise IP. www.nec.com

Small Cells Gain Spotlight

Common wisdom now says that small cells will represent a big opportunity for the wireless infrastructure industry. With AT&T’s announcement that Project Velocity IP (VIP) would bring 40,000 small cells online, the technology was placed front and center stage. But there were other signs of mainstream acceptance of small cells, like NEC’s agreement with SpiderCloud. But in 2012, small cells found a niche beyond the “densification” of urban networks. New small cell networks began to grab a foothold in rural areas, chiefly because of their low cost. Here are some of the stories that illustrate these trends.

AT&T’s Investment Provides Validation for Small Cells

“We are `densifying’ our wireless grid,” John Donovan, senior executive VP, AT&T Technology & Network Operations, said. “High traffic metro areas require denser, cell-site grids to help capacity and improve quality. During the next three years, you are going to see a shift in our investment to use more small cell technology. By 2015, we expect more than 50 percent of the planned densification will use small cells.” Densification will result in more network usage, better revenue opportunities, improved in-building coverage and support for launching voice over LTE, he added. MORE

Partnership Opens NEC’s Universe to SpiderCloud Technology

NEC is partnering with SpiderCloud Wireless to provide the SmartCloud system to its existing and new customers as part of an end-to-end small-cell solution, the companies announced at the Small Cells World Summit 2012, held June 26-28, in London. SpiderCloud’s emphasis on medium to large size enterprise deployments, which demand hundreds of radio nodes serving thousands of users, complements NEC’s current smaller scale approach, deploying femtocells in the residential small office market. MORE

In-Building DAS Will Share the Stage with Small Cells: ABI Research

In mobile ecosystems where DAS has reigned supreme for coverage fill-in and capacity growth, small cell equipment sales are expected to catch up quickly to DAS and disrupt that dominance. The two technologies, however, are more likely to complement each other rather compete, according to an ABI Research report entitled, “The Future of Active vs. Passive DAS, Repeaters, and Threat from Small Cells.” MORE

ClearSky, NEC Team to Offer Femtocell as a Service to Carriers

ClearSky Technologies, a regional wireless data provider, is working with NEC to offer Femtocell as a Service (FaaS) to regional wireless carriers that use GSM and UMTS. FaaS, where the femtocells are hosted on a third-party infrastructure, is an alternative, economical approach to launching services for many smaller carriers. ClearSky will use NEC’s femtocell gateway and corresponding plug-and-play residential, enterprise and outdoor femtocell access points. MORE

Thanks to Small Cells, Coverage Coming to Rural Vermont

The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) has signed a contract with CoverageCo to provide cellular coverage in parts of northern Vermont previously unserved by carriers. CoverageCo will start deploying the small cells this summer, and commercial service is expected to begin by the end of the year. “CoverageCo’s small-cell approach allows it to provide service where it was previously not economically feasible,” said Richard P. Biby, CoverageCo CEO. “Because the sites are small and completely IP-based, a standard Internet service over a virtual private network can be used to connect to the core network.” MORE

Small Cells Gain Spotlight

Common wisdom now says that small cells will represent a big opportunity for the wireless infrastructure industry. With AT&T’s announcement that Project Velocity IP (VIP) would bring 40,000 small cells online, the technology was placed front and center stage. But there were other signs of mainstream acceptance of small cells, like NEC’s agreement with SpiderCloud. But in 2012, small cells found a niche beyond the “densification” of urban networks. New small cell networks began to grab a foothold in rural areas, chiefly because of their low cost. Here are some of the stories that illustrate these trends.

AT&T’s Investment Provides Validation for Small Cells

“We are `densifying’ our wireless grid,” John Donovan, senior executive VP, AT&T Technology & Network Operations, said. “High traffic metro areas require denser, cell-site grids to help capacity and improve quality. During the next three years, you are going to see a shift in our investment to use more small cell technology. By 2015, we expect more than 50 percent of the planned densification will use small cells.” Densification will result in more network usage, better revenue opportunities, improved in-building coverage and support for launching voice over LTE, he added. MORE

Partnership Opens NEC’s Universe to SpiderCloud Technology

NEC is partnering with SpiderCloud Wireless to provide the SmartCloud system to its existing and new customers as part of an end-to-end small-cell solution, the companies announced at the Small Cells World Summit 2012, held June 26-28, in London. SpiderCloud’s emphasis on medium to large size enterprise deployments, which demand hundreds of radio nodes serving thousands of users, complements NEC’s current smaller scale approach, deploying femtocells in the residential small office market. MORE

In-Building DAS Will Share the Stage with Small Cells: ABI Research

In mobile ecosystems where DAS has reigned supreme for coverage fill-in and capacity growth, small cell equipment sales are expected to catch up quickly to DAS and disrupt that dominance. The two technologies, however, are more likely to complement each other rather compete, according to an ABI Research report entitled, “The Future of Active vs. Passive DAS, Repeaters, and Threat from Small Cells.” MORE

ClearSky, NEC Team to Offer Femtocell as a Service to Carriers

ClearSky Technologies, a regional wireless data provider, is working with NEC to offer Femtocell as a Service (FaaS) to regional wireless carriers that use GSM and UMTS. FaaS, where the femtocells are hosted on a third-party infrastructure, is an alternative, economical approach to launching services for many smaller carriers. ClearSky will use NEC’s femtocell gateway and corresponding plug-and-play residential, enterprise and outdoor femtocell access points. MORE

Thanks to Small Cells, Coverage Coming to Rural Vermont

The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) has signed a contract with CoverageCo to provide cellular coverage in parts of northern Vermont previously unserved by carriers. CoverageCo will start deploying the small cells this summer, and commercial service is expected to begin by the end of the year. “CoverageCo’s small-cell approach allows it to provide service where it was previously not economically feasible,” said Richard P. Biby, CoverageCo CEO. “Because the sites are small and completely IP-based, a standard Internet service over a virtual private network can be used to connect to the core network.” MORE

Transport Network Solutions

NEC has launched the iPASOLINK 100E as the latest addition to its portfolio of transport network solutions. The iPASOLINK 100E has high-capacity microwave transmission with Carrier Ethernet capabilities and low cost of ownership due to its ultra-compact hardware design. It makes an ideal solution for fast and cost-effective provision of a wide range of carrier services, including, among others, enterprise connectivity, public utility networks and mobile backhaul. The indoor unit can be installed in one half of a 19-inch telecommunications rack or on a desktop within the limited space of IT facilities. The fan-less natural cooling system consumes 55 percent less power compared to other conventional microwave products. www.nec.com

Partnership Opens NEC’s Universe to SpiderCloud Technology

NEC is partnering with SpiderCloud Wireless to provide the SmartCloud system to its existing and new customers as part of an end-to-end small-cell solution, the companies announced at the Small Cells World Summit 2012, held June 26-28, in London.

“With NEC we have an established player in the small cell/femto cell market that has already been deploying solutions from other vendors in this space and are engaged with 20 major operators worldwide,” Ronny Haraldsvik, SpiderCloud spokesman, told DAS Bulletin. “It gives us a tremendous amount of go-to-market strength with a proven partner in this space.”

SpiderCloud’s emphasis on medium to large size enterprise deployments, which demand hundreds of radio nodes serving thousands of users, complements NEC’s current smaller scale approach, deploying femtocells in the residential small office market.

The relationship will accelerate indoor deployments of SpiderCloud’s Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) small cells at medium to large enterprise customers of mobile operators.

“With NEC’s small-cell footprint covering more than 20 carriers worldwide, we can accelerate the deployment of E-RANs to help our customers serve their client bases with a premium mobile services platform that is free from the capacity, time-to-market and cost limitations of DAS,” said Anil Kohli, General Manager at NEC Europe, in a prepared release.

The relationship between NEC and SpiderCloud appears to have a research and development component, as the two companies said they will continue to innovate with an integrated 3G and Wi-Fi SmartCloud system moving toward what sounds like a more heterogeneous ecosystem.

The companies said the new system will provide carriers with a consistent management interface, automated RF planning, inter-small-cell mobility, quality of service, wireless intrusion detection and prevention, 802.1x based authentication and 802.11u. Additionally, NEC has plans to support LTE in future releases of the E-RAN system.

Also at the Small Cells World Summit 2012, NEC launched a plug-and-play indoor small-cell, FP1624 for offices with 16,404 square feet and several stories. NEC’s latest outdoor small cell, the FMA1630, provides mobile operators with a cost-effective way of increasing the network coverage and capacity in outdoor environments.

“NEC’s vision of the LTE roll out in future mobile networks is based on the assumption that services and applications will demand higher throughput in both uplink and downlink,” NEC said on its website. “The conventional macro solutions that would have been supported by a few infill micro layers now require a higher number of supporting picocells to provide the rapid growth in the traffic demand. For this reason NEC’s product portfolio, while offering a macro eNodeB solution of lowest possible footprint, is also optimized for small-cell deployment by offering a highly compact Omni eNodeB solution all in one.”