PureWave Networks, a US-based developer of small cell solutions and compact base stations, has introduced Constellation Lyra – a line of advanced small cell solutions designed to deliver LTE, W-CDMA and Wi-Fi coverage in indoor settings, all from a single elegant small cell base station.
Constellation Lyra small cells are designed to achieve macro parity performance and features in an indoor setting, at a cost that finally makes large-scale small cell deployment practical, the company stated.
‘Constellation Lyra small cells achieve what operators have been asking us to deliver,’ said Don Meiners, PureWave’s CEO. ‘Users don’t care whether they are connected to a macro base station or to a small cell, they just want their services and applications to work smoothly and without a hitch. Constellation Lyra small cells allow operators to provide this type of user experience by delivering the functionality and performance of a multi-mode macro base station from a tiny, easy to install device.’
Constellation Lyra small cells are powered through their Ethernet connection, install in seconds and utilize PureWave’s LightTouchTM technology that automates most basic provisioning and configuration activities. In addition, some Constellation Lyra configurations can support up to two simultaneous channels each of LTE and W-CDMA, thus greatly increasing user counts and enabling capacity intensive applications such as venue coverage.
Like other small cells in the PureWave Constellation family, Constellation Lyra small cells utilize a system on chip (SoC) from Texas Instruments. In addition to offering Constellation Lyra small cells commercially, PureWave also stated that it is collaborating with TI to offer a solution platform based on TI’s new TCI6630K2L SoC and AFE7500 analogue front end transceiver to OEM customers.
Customers can use this platform to quickly develop their own solutions or partner with PureWave to further reduce time to market and take advantage of PureWave’s small cell expertise and unique solutions, the company said.
Advanced small cell LTE base stations
The Constellation Lyra small cells follow on from the family advanced small cell PureWave Constellation LTE base stations, which PureWave unveiled in early May 2013.
Described as ‘revolutionary’ by the company, the family of small cell LTE base stations are designed to deliver ‘astonishing’ wireless capacity over a range of several dense city blocks.
The base stations offer operators a wide array of network deployment options, including multi-carrier and multi-frequency capability, advanced SON and integrated Wi-Fi options.
PureWave Constellation LTE small cells continue to build on PureWave’s expertise of delivering exceptional power and performance in a compact package. The base stations support up to 256 active users, up to 5W of power per antenna and boast a scalable and flexible architecture.
The base stations are designed to blend seamlessly into their environment. Offered in small and elegant, yet rugged packaging, they can be mounted virtually anywhere and are designed to simplify the urban permitting process and minimise visual impact.
‘The rapidly growing market for 4G small cells is pulling a lot of new vendors into the space,’ said Don Meiners, PureWave’s CEO. ‘While our competitors are dipping their toes into the small-cell space, we are bringing to market a 3rd generation family of products that we feel will set the bar for LTE small cell base stations.’
PureWave Networks is based in Silicon Valley, California. It describes itself as a small cell pioneer having commercially introduced multiple generations of small cell and compact 4G wireless base stations, starting with the 2009 launch of PureWave Quantum 1000.