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Texas Instruments (TI) and PureWave Networks Inc., an innovative provider of advanced, cost-effective wireless base stations, announced their collaboration on a first-of-its-kind single-board, end-to-end (ENET to RF) solution platform for enterprise and pico small cell base stations. The Hercules solutions platform utilizes TI's highly-integrated KeyStone™-based TCI6630K2L System-on-Chip (SoC), combined with TI's analog front end transceiver, the AFE7500, allowing customers to demonstrate 4G cellular functionality and performance right out of the box.
Texas Instruments (TI), and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), the world's specialist in mobile broadband, announced their collaboration on NSN's next generation of indoor small cell base stations. Based on NSN's Flexi Zone suite of products, the new indoor small cell base stations are expected to support a record 400 active indoor users, compared to 32 users supported today, in a power over Ethernet envelope.
MIMOon GmbH, a leading LTE software vendor for small cells and terminals, and NuRAN Wireless, a leading supplier of mobile and broadband wireless solutions,cooperate to deliver LTE small cell base stations.
Kaelus, a Smiths Microwave business, announced the launch of the next generation in a line of high performance DAS Interface solutions with the release of the Small Cell RF DAS Point of Interface (POI) Tray. This is a small form factor, low power tray designed specifically for Small Cell DAS deployments with multiple bands and technologies. These low PIM certified, power management trays, allow adjustment of the RF power levels between multiple small cell base stations and the DAS network.
DragonWave Inc., a leading global supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, announced the commercial availability of its 60 GHz technology in the Horizon® Compact+ and Avenue Link product lines. Currently in production, DragonWave’s 60 GHz products have already been deployed in successful small cell mobile operator trials. These products are well suited for metro deployment in small cell architectures due to their small form factor and high-capacity, low-delay transport capabilities. Because the 60 GHz spectrum is widely available and generally offered at a lower cost than other bands, the newly incorporated technology offers network operators more product options to cost effectively plan and deploy emerging small cell and LTE/LTE-A backhaul deployments around the world.
Alcatel-Lucent and G-Mobile are to deploy small cell base stations to improve 3G mobile broadband coverage in densely populated areas in the capital city of Mongolia – Ulaanbaatar.
ABI Research expects the market for small cell backhaul equipment to grow to over $5 billion in 2018, up from a forecast $487 million for 2013 representing a 48% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc., a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, introduced its first integrated power amplifier solution for ‘small cell’ and active antenna base stations that dramatically reduces board space while delivering high efficiency. Small cell solutions are key components in 3G/4G mobile networks including LTE.
NEC Corp.announced a new deal between NEC Neva Communications Systems and Russian mobile operator Scartel, which will see LTE microcell base stations used to provide commercial services in Russia for the first time.
Siklu Communication Ltd., a leading provider of millimeter wave systems, announced the addition of its small cell wireless backhaul solutions to the Cisco® Small Cell Wireless Backhaul Ecosystem.