Radisys Corporation, the services acceleration company, today announced that Baicells has selected Radisys’ CellEngine™ TOTALeNodeB™ LTE small cell software to deliver LTE in unlicensed spectrum functionality for Baicells’ Light4G small cell solutions. China Mobile has completed field trials of Baicells’ solution and deployments are planned for later this year.
As an alternative to purchasing expensive new spectrum, mobile operators are beginning to aggregate their existing licensed LTE spectrum with unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band to add bandwidth to their radio access networks. Baicells’ Light4G small cell solution combines LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology with small cells, enabling mobile operators to provide high-capacity LTE mobile service at lower cost, thus reducing their CapEx and OpEx. The Baicells’ small cell integrates Radisys’ TOTALeNodeB software, enhanced with LTE-U functionality, on the Intel® Transcede™ LTE System-on-Chip (SoC) processors.
“We’re seeing a growing industry trend of mobile operators actively turning to LTE in unlicensed spectrum to increase both capacity and speed, particularly in dense environments where there is a high level of traffic and limited spectrum availability,” said Stephen Wilson, principal analyst, Analysys Mason. “While operators may choose to use a combination of LTE, Wi-Fi and LTE-U moving forward depending on their environment, Radisys’ addition of LTE-U functionality to its small cell software helps bring the benefits of LTE-U to the market today.”
“We deliver an end-to-end LTE solution to our customers from the RAN to the Evolved Packet Core, and selecting Radisys’ turnkey small cell software was critical to our ability to get to market quickly with an innovative LTE-Unlicensed solution for our mobile operator customers,” said Wei Bai, vice president, Marketing, Baicells. “Selecting industry-best technologies such as Radisys’ TOTALeNodeB allows us to focus our internal resources on our system-level play rather than the small cell software better left to the experts at Radisys.”
“We’re excited about this strategic design win for Radisys, and the opportunity to support Baicells’ solution trials and deployments in China today and in North America in the near future,” said Tom McQuade, general manager, CellEngine and Trillium Software, Radisys. “We recognized early on that LTE-U is a significant innovation in our industry and accordingly incorporated this feature into our award-winning CellEngine TOTALeNodeB small cell software. This first solution supports LTE-U and we plan to support LTE-License Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) inline with operator deployments.”