Operators looking to deploy small cells to expand the coverage and capacity of their networks are finding a host of integration challenges, but a new HetNet services package from Nokia Siemens Networks is aimed at helping operators optimize their mix of macro and small cells.
Nokia Siemens' Services for HetNets product, which is part of the vendor's modular Liquid Net portfolio, includes hotspot analysis plus small cell planning, optimization, deployment and management.
For each identified hotspot, Services for HetNets analyzes device types, application use, subscriber location and radio-frequency conditions and forecasts the required capacity and most appropriate upgrade plan. Existing macrocells are optimized prior to the indoor or outdoor deployment of complementary small cell technologies--including femtocells, picocells and microcells.
Such a phased approach to enhance the existing macro network and plan the integration of small cells can deliver greater capacity and enhance the user experience as well as help reduce total cost of ownership by up to 20 percent "compared to taking a simple 'either/or' approach and blanketing an area with small cells," said Jan Tjurin, Nokia Siemens' head of network planning and optimization.
Another new addition to the company's Liquid Net portfolio is a second-generation 3G femto access point designed to improve voice and data access in the home or small office. The FAPr-hsp 5110 consumes less than 5 watts, supports up to eight simultaneous calls and full HSPA uplink and downlink data speeds and can be remotely managed by the network operator.
The Services for NetNets and femtocell announcements are part of a series of product launches and updates being touted during October by Nokia Siemens, which says the products "will culminate in a new approach to delivering mobile broadband, charting a path for operators to be able to profitably provide a gigabyte of personalized data per day for every user by 2020."
Nokia Siemens this week sold its IPTV assets to Accenture in yet another move the Finland-based company has made to divest more wireline-related assets as it refocuses its attention on the mobile broadband industry. The company is also seeking a buyer for its Business Support Services unit.
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