BelAir Networks has launched a compact outdoor small cell base station that combines LTE and 802.11n Wi-Fi, which it says can be installed and activated within 15 minutes.
The company argues that combining licensed and unlicensed wireless technologies in a small cell base station is a very effective way to handle growing mobile data traffic.
‘The BelAir100LP features a modular platform to accommodate operators’ LTE preferences and leverages patented innovations that address the installation challenges – including backhaul, power and mounting – that have impeded widespread picocell adoption to date,’ said Bernard Herscovich, President and CEO of BelAir Networks.
BelAir claims the 100LP LTE Picocell enables mobile carriers to quickly and cost-effectively build large-scale small cell networks for future proof capacity and coverage, with features that include:
- Multiple mounting options – pole and wall-mount or patented strand mount via aerial, pedestal, cabinet or vault hybrid fiber coax (HFC) infrastructure
- Backhaul flexibility – patented high-performance switched mesh, fibre, Ethernet or HFC
- Licensed and unlicensed access radios – LTE + dual 802.11n Wi-Fi radios with chip-based beam forming
- Internal array beam steering antennas working in conjunction with chip-based beam forming to deliver improved throughput at a greater distance
- Powering via AC, DC or cable plant
- Virtual AP capabilities enabling multiple operators to share common wireless network infrastructure while offering a customized user experience through direct integration with their specific back end systems (AAA, Policy Management) on a per SSID basis.
The BelAir 100LP is designed to provide a high capacity underlay or coverage extension to tower and rooftop-based LTE macrocell deployments.
The new base station has evolved from BelAir’s 100SP Strand Picocell, which incorporates HSPA or CDMA radios along with 802.11n Wi-Fi. The company says the Strand Picocell is in live network trials with major operators at the moment.