Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has announced that it is introducing new Flexi Zone LTE microcell and picocell base stations that it says are not only are the smallest but also the industry's only small cell solution with the same features and capacity as macro base stations.
Packing up to 5W of output power in an install-anywhere 5 kg/5 liter box, NSN's new all-in-one base stations will be available in early 2014.
They are considerably smaller and lighter than existing microcell and picocell units, enabling them to be mounted closer to the center of traffic hot spots and robust enough to be deployed both outdoors and in public indoor locations. The base stations also feature a built-in GPS module and 1588v2 synchronization, avoiding the need for any extra units, further simplifying and speeding deployment.
Their macro-level processing power comes from a custom System on a Chip that allows the new base stations to run the same software as NSN's macro base stations. This makes it easy to integrate them into complex HetNets and drastically simplifies software upgrades across the network so that the same features are available everywhere at the same time.
Initially expected to be used to provide hot spot capacity, the microcell and picocell base station software can when needed be remotely upgraded to create denser and larger hot zones as part of
"Small cells have conventionally been cut down versions of macro base stations with reduced performance. In contrast,
The new microcell and picocell base stations are fitted with Bluetooth capabilities that enable remote access to the base stations from the ground. This is used for configuration when mounting the unit and, later on, for field maintenance thus reducing the time, cost and street disruption of using specialist access equipment.
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