Globalpress: Vitesse goes for small cells
Although they are selling 4G-enabled phones in American shops, there is little 4G coverage in the USA, according to Chris Gardner of wireless chip-set provider Vitesse.
“The phones are there but the infrastructure is not,” says Gardner, “10% of the US has some coverage but, as soon as you connect to it the capacity drops and you get the same experience as on 3G.”
The problem is that, according to Cisco, mobile data is growing 26X between 2010 and 2015. But the increase in capex by the carriers is not even approaching a fraction of that.
The answer to the problem is a proliferation of small cells, says Vitesse. “Small cells will drive the 4G roll-out starting next year,” says Uday Mudoi of Vitesse.
Vitesse has a chip the Serval Lite VSC7416 for small cells and one customer for the Vitesse chip is Bridgewave which has developed a small cell which can be attached to street lighting.
Vitesses is sampling the six-port VSC7416 addition to its Serval Carrier Ethernet switch engine portfolio with.
The device is optimised for small cell applications and claims 75% ower power and 50% lower BOM cost than competitive options.
Market analysts project an estimated 64.2m small cell base stations in use by 2016, with the microwave small cell backhaul equipment market alone growing to $6.4bn by 2017.
“Serval Lite enables the cost and power-efficient deployment of small cell base stations backhauling to an all-IP backbone,” says Mudoi.