Ubicquia and Altiostar announced an expansion of their partnership that will integrate Ubicquia’s new Ubimetro streetlight-powered small cell for CBRS spectrum with Altiostar’s Open vRAN software. The Open vRAN-integrated Ubimetro small cell is compatible with more than 50 million existing streetlights across the US allowing municipalities, utilities, wireless internet service providers (WISPs) and mobile network operators (MNOs) to expedite service deployments with the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).
“With the FCC allocating $4.9 billion to accelerate rural broadband, our new Altiostar vRAN-enabled CBRS Ubimetro small cell with fiber and DOCSIS backhaul will enable Wireless Internet Service Providers to leverage local fiber and cable infrastructure to close the digital divide,” said Ian Aaron, CEO of Ubicquia. “With more than 750 independent cable operators and 2,000 municipally owned utilities, our new Ubimetro CBRS small cell solves the site selection, power and transport issues that will facilitate local broadband partnerships that will connect the unconnected.”
“Ubicquia’s Ubimetro streetlight small cell is designed to expand Altiostar’s vRAN deployment scenarios in the US and around the globe for a broad variety of use cases,” said Thierry Maupilé, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Product Management at Altiostar. “Building these new networks on enterprise virtual machines, combined with Ubimetro’s ability to leverage more than 360 million streetlights globally provides our customers—from cities and campuses to utilities and operators—the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost of ownership as well as the ability to leverage advanced algorithms for interference mitigation and increased coordination with the macro network.”
Today’s news follows last week’s announcement by Ubicquia that its Ubimetro suite of small cell products will also offer Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) capabilities. The Ubimetro portfolio of small cells are designed to support the network of the future, including 4G/5G, millimeter-wave spectrum, CBRS, and now Altiostar’s Open vRAN. Ubimetro provides a network-agnostic architecture with integrated MIMO antennas, a wide range of radio frequency front ends, and Ethernet, fiber and DOCSIS backhaul options.
Ubimetro’s unique, patent-pending design makes the small cells compatible with the existing infrastructure of more than 360 million streetlights worldwide. Their design allows for ultra-fast, easy plug-in deployment and renders them invisible from the street, helping network operators, cities and utilities solve their site acquisition challenges. Ubimetro’s technology is field-proven with service providers in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.