Anite, the wireless equipment testing provider, today (6 August 2013) announced that it is first company to release an eICIC (enhanced Inter Cell Interference Coordination) enriched LTE-Advanced device testing solution, based on its Development Toolset.
eICIC is used to manage interference between the different types of radio cells deployed in heterogeneous networks (HetNets). The explosive data traffic growth witnessed by LTE mobile operators across the globe is leading to the roll out of HetNets where a combination of macro, pico and small cells are deployed to maximise coverage and capacity.
Interference at cell edge boundaries is intensified when low power small cells are added to macro cells in the same channel. As a key feature of LTE-A, eICIC enables mobile operators to control this interference, ensuring that devices work optimally on the cell edge boundaries.
Anite’s Development Toolset, used to verify the eICIC feature, provides customers with a level of flexibility and control to quickly validate complex scenarios in a test environment that very much resembles a live network, according to the company.
With this level of simulation capability, users can rigorously test LTE-Advanced devices in a controllable and repeatable way across all configurations and use cases, resulting in significant time and cost savings, both at the time of launch and over the lifetime of the device.
Anite’s eICIC testing solution has been verified through close collaboration with a leading Asian device manufacturer. The company believes it ‘cutting-edge’ capability will also allow other users to confidently accelerate their LTE-A device testing programmes.
“Working in close collaboration with leading chipset and device manufacturers has allowed us to achieve significant advances within LTE-Advanced and develop support for key features such as eICIC and Carrier Aggregation”, said Paul Beaver, products director at Anite.
He continued: “The availability of eICIC underlines Anite’s continued leadership in cutting-edge technologies, enabling our customers to deliver an enhanced customer experience with the expected high data rates.”