Alcatel-Lucent residential small cell now in commercial deployment

The 9961 Multi-Standard Home Cell developed in partnership with Qualcomm supports 3G and LTE including VoLTE and is easy to deploy using a plug and play approach

Alcatel-Lucent residential small cell now in commercial deployment

Alcatel-Lucent’s residential multi-standard small cell devices are now being deployed commercial, the company reported yesterday (5 November 2015). The small cells, which were developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, will allow operators to extend r 3G and 4G LTE connectivity and coverage into homes.

The Alcatel-Lucent 9961 Multi-Standard Home Cell (MSHC) introduces high-performance 4G LTE coverage for voice (VoLTE) and data services into the home, while also providing support for the still-large embedded base of 3G-based devices. At the same time, it provides users seamless mobility with the macro network as they move outside the home.

The device is a security-hardened ‘plug-and-play’ unit, and is supported by a rapid provisioning management system from Alcatel-Lucent that allow users to set up the devices quickly and easily.

The rapid development of the MSHC home cell was a continuation of a long-standing collaboration between Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm Technologies on the 9962 Multi-Standard Enterprise Small Cell, launched in 2014 and which has met commercial success in providing cellular 3G/4G and Wi-Fi coverage and capacity for medium and large indoor venues.

The 9961 multi-standard small cell
• The 9961 MSHC evolved from the A-L/Qualcomm 9962 multi-standard enterprise small cell, launched in 2014, which provides cellular 3G/4G and Wi-Fi coverage and capacity for medium and large indoor venues.
• The 9961 MSHC can support both 3G and LTE connectivity on a single chipset. The FSM9900 series Qualcomm chipset, on which the 9961 MSHC is based, also provides the ability to migrate the radio access technologies from 3G to 4G.
• Alcatel-Lucent chose the FSM9900 because it is designed to enable low-power, plug-and-play with UltraSONTM, small form factor small cells that are software configurable to simultaneously support WCDMA and LTE terminals.
• The 9961 MSHC is a software-defined radio that allows operators to configure the small cell to support 3G, 4G or a mix of technologies. This will facilitate the future transition from 3G to 4G networks, allowing operators to reclaim spectrum for use in LTE networks.
• The 9961 MSHC was designed for easy end user set up and provisioning. Leveraging the self-configuration capabilities of UltraSON, it automatically comes into service, populating its neighbour list and determining its cell ID once the end user connects it to power and broadband Internet service.
• The 9961 MSHC uses a flat IP architecture and secures access through an existing broadband Internet connection.

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