Nokia Siemens Networks expands small cell portfolio to increase mobile broadband capacity

New small cell products and services help operators deliver optimal coverage and capacity across all service areas

February 19, 2013

New small cell products and services help operators deliver optimal coverage and capacity across all service areas

Nokia Siemens Networks will highlight an extended small cell portfolio at Mobile World Congress 2013. This includes new Micro and Pico base stations for LTE and Wi-Fi, designed to complement standard base station capacity in hot zones – areas of high subscriber density. The new Micro and Pico bases stations can be integrated into the company’s Flexi Zone architecture that has been specifically designed to target mobile traffic hot zones.

Other launches include new HSPA+ and LTE Femtocells for small cell coverage in enterprises and indoor public areas. Services for Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets) have now been enhanced to include customer experience management capabilities to analyze traffic hotspots and ensure backhaul capacity.

“To support the dramatic growth in mobile broadband demand, operators will need to significantly increase capacity in high-traffic areas by adding small cells that complement their macro network. Our complete small cell portfolio comprises a package of products and services to combine macro and small cells to provide the best coverage and capacity in all locations,” said Bill Payne, head of the small cells business, Nokia Siemens Networks. “With these launches, we are extending our industry lead in small cells by offering a complete portfolio across both macro and small cell technologies that delivers the best return on operator investment.”

Nokia Siemens Networks’ award-winning Flexi Zone, which is easily scalable to provide capacity in busy urban areas, supports up to 100 access points per hot zone while operating as a single base station from the network’s point of view. The unique architecture of Flexi Zone helps manage interference and significantly reduces the core network and maintenance demands of large small cell deployments while addressing street level challenges. The compact next generation Flexi Zone Micro and Pico can be operated as stand-alone base stations initially and then evolved into Flexi Zone Access Points in a Flexi Zone architecture, as hot spots grow into hot zones from areas covering a few cells to large indoor spaces like shopping malls and airports. This enables operators to evolve the use of their initial hotspot deployments, and scale up capacity to deliver a superior customer experience while further lowering total costs compared to traditional small cells.

The two new second-generation Femtocell Access Points for enterprise and indoor public spaces feature plug-and-play deployment and provisioning to enable rapid ramp-up of new services, tap into new revenue streams, and capitalize on value-added enterprise services. The FAPe-hsp 5620 Femtocell for HSPA+ offers high output power for large coverage, while the FAPe-lte 7610 is the company’s first Femtocell Access Point for LTE.

Services for HetNets includes hotspot analysis, optimization and small cell planning and deployment to help operators optimize their mix of macro and small cells. It now provides customer experience management capabilities to help operators understand the effect of traffic hotspots on the end user experience. Other new capabilities help operators ensure that their backhaul can cope with demand in high-use urban areas and the addition of small cell solutions. With these services, operators can address urban congestion and target action to boost revenue in high value areas.

In addition to its expanded small cell portfolio, Nokia Siemens Networks is today launching its related Smart Wi-Fi product.

Network operators, customers, press and analysts are welcome to visit the Nokia Siemens Networks Solution Experience Center in Hall 3, B314, at Mobile World Congress 2013, Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain. The company will provide Wi-Fi for guests visiting the Experience Center.

For more information about Nokia Siemens Networks’ advances and innovations in Smart Small Cells and Smart Wi-Fi, please join our #1GBperday$ webinar on March 12, 2013. Registration for all the #1GBperday$ webinars is open now: www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/1GBperday

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