Paris-based E-Blink, a provider of wireless fronthaul solutions for mobile communication networks, today (8 May 2012) announced that its system has enabled a leading French telecom carrier to rapidly extend coverage in an urban neighborhood by deploying an additional remote sector and avoiding lengthy site negotiations and costly, disruptive construction.
This is the first time in the industry that a mobile network operator (MNO) has been able to deploy a remote sector in a site consisting of two urban rooftops, according to E-Blink.
The E-Blink Wireless RRH (remote radio head) allowed the operator to avoid installing traditional coaxial feeders or fiber optics from the base station to the antenna, which would have entailed significant costs, construction and traffic disruption. Such projects also often require time-consuming negotiations with property owners, and project approval by city planners.
The E-Blink wireless fronthaul solution, which is available to mobile network operators worldwide, provides a connection between the base station and the network antenna through a wireless link. This modular system, which helps MNOs control both operating and capital costs, can be deployed in single-sector or multi-sector configurations.
Alain Rolland, CEO of E-Blink, said: ‘Mobile network operators around the world are facing the combined challenges of expansion to meet rapidly growing demand and the need to assure quality of service for their customers. This project demonstrated E-Blink’s capability of overcoming those challenges by avoiding the delays and costs of a traditional wired system – and enabled the installation of a remote sector on an existing network.’
E-Blink is showcasing its wireless fronthaul solutions at CTIA Wireless 2012 in New Orleans, from May 8 – 10, booth #3812.
For more on E-Blink’s technology click here.