Intracom and ZTE roll out small cell backhaul products
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.
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