Posted: August 1, 2013

Santa Clara, July 31, 2013 –  PureWave Networks announced today that it began deploying a band class 14 LTE test network in Silicon Valley, using the company’s PureWave Constellation family of small cell eNodeBs. The network will operate for the remainder of the year, and will be used to demonstrate small cell performance in a range of advanced deployment scenarios critical to public safety networks. Planned capability demonstrations include deployable networks, multi-tenant small cells and MOCN (multi-operator core network).

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“Small cells will play a critical role in future public safety networks,” said Ronen Vengosh, PureWave’s VP of Marketing and Business Development.  “In addition to increasing network capacity, small cells are the only effective solution for providing coverage in indoor public venues where public safety communications are required and for providing deployable, ad-hoc network coverage for incident management and event support.”

As part of the trial, PureWave is collaborating with a number of industry partners to evaluate unique eco-system solutions that will offer first responders advanced capabilities, including virtualized EPC solutions, and EPC-lite options hosted within the eNodeB itself. The company will also be testing the performance characteristics of the network with different UE types across a wide range of deployment scenarios and applications.

“Small cells offer capabilities that will be very useful for public safety wireless networks, and there is much that we can learn about their use and applications from this trial,” said Barry Fraser General Manager of the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications Authority (BayRICS).  “We are eager to propose specific test scenarios and will monitor the results closely for useful information as we work with FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority) to develop our regional broadband network.”  BayRICS will oversee the build-out and operation of one of the first LTE networks designed exclusively for public safety, which will eventually become part of the FirstNet nationwide public safety broadband network.

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