Intracom and ZTE roll out small cell backhaul products

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Both Greece's Intracom Telecom and China's ZTE announced backhaul solutions for small cell deployments, reflecting growing marketplace demand for these types of offerings.

Intracom unveiled StreetNode, an outdoor small-cell backhaul platform designed to deliver carrier-grade wireless backhaul networking at the street level and on wall surfaces or lamp posts.

StreetNode features aesthetics designed to blend uniformly with street-level furniture, said the company. The platform features software-defined radio operation, an integrated auto-aligning antenna plus point-to-point or point-to-multipoint operation, said Athens-based Intracom.

The company said its unified management suite, uni|MS, enables touchless service provisioning of StreetNode with advanced SON features for plug-and-play connection to the network.

Intracom counts more than 100 customers in 50-plus countries, including fixed and mobile telecom operators, public authorities and large enterprises.

Meanwhile, ZTE announced a series of backhaul solutions for LTE small cells. The products provide  support for a wide range of data transmission methods, including packet bearer network, fixed broadband--through PON, xDSL and cable--microwave wireless, Wi-Fi non-line-of-sight (NLOS) and TD-LTE.

The series offers transmission modules for DSL, PON, cable, Wi-Fi and TD-LTE. "This can help operators reduce the cost of site rental, and enable easier engineering implementation, cutting the total cost of ownership. The support for wireless transmission modules such as Wi-Fi and TD-LTE also addresses the non-line-of-sight (NLOS) challenges of network construction in urban areas," said ZTE.

For more:
- see this Intracom release
- see this ZTE release

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