Small cell firm integrates 3G for faster LTE roll-out

Small cell basestation supplier ip.access says it will build its first integrated LTE and 3G small cell.

The device will be designed to provide simultaneous 4G and 3G mobile phone signals with data speeds of up to 150Mbit/s and 42Mbit/s respectively.

“Small cells will have a vital role to play in delivering LTE’s promise of high-speed data for large numbers of subscribers,” said ip.access founder and CTO Nick Johnson.

The product will be ready for entry into customer labs later this year, with field trials expected in Q1 2013.

It is thought that small cells will allow operators to add coverage and capacity to their LTE networks exactly where it is needed.

The E-100 will be integrated into ip.access’ nanoConverge end-to-end small cell solution architecture, allowing operators to deploy the E-100 alongside the company’s existing 3G and 2G small cells using the same gateways and network management system.

“nanoConverge is designed to ease the upgrade path for operators – whether that is adding 3G picocells and femtocells to an existing 2G installation, or ramping up LTE capability on an existing 3G small cell network,” added Johnson.

The unit, codenamed the E-100, will be the fimr’s first small cell based on Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge processor platform.

ip.access will mount a capability demonstration of the E-100 at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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