Parallel Wireless expands indoor vRAN small cell solution

Collaboration with Node-H and Arcadyan Technology is designed to provide a self-configuring and self-optimising indoor multi-technology cellular solution at a lower-cost

Parallel Wireless expands indoor vRAN small cell solution

Parallel Wireless has teamed up with Arcadyan Technology and Node-H to offer a multi-technology indoor cellular coverage solution. The joint virtualised (vRAN) solution combines Parallel Wireless HetNet Gateway (HNG) real-time orchestration with low-cost, dual-mode (UMTS & LTE) enterprise cells from Arcadyan and Node-H's small-cell software.

The collaboration aims to deliver a self-configuring and self-optimising indoor multi-technology cellular solution, which is designed to be both cost-effective and easy to deploy for enterprises of any size, private or public.

The Small Cell Forum reports that between 39% and 61% of enterprises encounter poor indoor coverage. Addressing that need, the new collaboration with Arcadyan and Node-H will offer customers: 3G/4G/Wi-Fi, neutral hosting, private LTE, QoS for voice and data, flexibility to change operational bands, cloud, seamless mobility, management and control – all at a low cost to deploy, maintain, and expand. Key aspects of the solution include:

Fast, cost-effective plug-n-play installation to fit enterprises of any size
With the Parallel Wireless HetNet Gateway, the deployment is reduced from days to just a few hours, while eliminating the need for RF planning and extensive system integration. The HNG makes enterprise vRAN of any size self-configuring, bringing the deployment cost to pennies per square foot.

Multi-technology, multi-carrier (3G/4G) + Wi-Fi
The vRAN solution uses Parallel Wireless’ HNG to deliver all needed 3G and 4G gateway functionality combined with real-time SON on a single COTS platform to reduce the initial deployment CAPEX and on-going OPEX, while delivering multi-technology services.

Seamless and secure end-user experience for 3G/4G/Wi-Fi voice, emergency services and data
HNG enables multiple voice services including VoLTE, 3G voice, VoWiFi, PTT (push-to-talk) to give enterprise the flexibility of what voice services to use today and in the future. HNG enables real-time interference mitigation to improve QoS and delivers seamless handoffs inside and outside.

Hands-free low-cost maintenance or network expansion
Real-time multi-technology SON on HNG delivers network automation and programmability, while enabling hands-free on-going maintenance that reduces OPEX costs while improving network performance.

New services (private LTE, IoT, smart building) creation and 5G ready
This reimagined enterprise solution not only improves indoor coverage at a significantly reduced cost, but also enables new service offerings for both operators and business owners like smart buildings and IoT, the companies claim.

With MOCN (multi-operator communication network) capability on HNG, operators can offer private LTE capability with secure routing of the traffic according to network performance or user profile. It also provides a platform for analytics to deliver operational insights or to monetise customer experiences.

Parallel Wireless reported that multiple customer trials are underway in EMEA and APAC regions.

Arcadyan, CTO, Janet Chen said: “Arcadyan develops products with the end-user in mind. We are dedicated to pursuing high quality technology. Our decision to partner with Parallel Wireless was driven by our confidence in the company’s innovation and the team’s level of commitment to the success of their customers. This partnership strengthens our leadership in the cellular market and opens up additional global opportunities for multi-technology indoor cellular solutions.”

Node-H, CEO, Mike Cronin said: “The business world is increasingly dependent on ubiquitous, seamless, high throughput, secure mobility. Superior quality mobile service in the office is now essential with indoor networks requiring multiple technologies, plug-n-play installation, configuration flexibility and future proofing for 5G.

“By expanding its portfolio, Parallel Wireless is addressing the enterprise segment with a scalable, open, and flexible virtualized architecture that serves the enterprise across heterogeneous network technologies, from Wi-Fi to 3G and 4G cellular.”

Parallel Wireless, Rajesh Mishra, founder and CTO, said: “This strategic collaboration with Node-H and Arcadyan offers end-to-end innovation across indoor network architectures including enterprise, IoT, and 5G with smaller, most compact, efficient software-defined fully orchestrated multi-technology small cells to deliver QoS coverage and capacity at a fraction of the cost.”

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