Airspan powers Virgin Media trial of small-cell LTE solution in UK

By Telecom Lead Team: Airspan Networks, a provider
of 4G broadband wireless, announced that Virgin Media tested its
small-cell LTE solution to demonstrate small-cell LTE performance for major
metropolitan areas.


Virgin Media is using Airspan’s  AirSynergy pico eNodeB (LTE Base Station).


In order to meet the growth in demand for high speed
mobile broadband within the main metropolitan centre, the tailored approach of
small-cell LTE architecture would enable Virgin Media to offer mobile network
operators the opportunity to create very high capacity radio access networks.


The small-cell LTE architecture enables the carrier to
focus coverage according to customer demand, creating a network with maximum
capacity and optimum efficiency.


We want to put the power of our fibre optic network
wherever people need it most, both inside and outside the home. Our technology
trial in Oxford Street, one of London’s busiest streets, proved the potential
benefits of a small-cell solution and plugging into our network could help
offer unrivalled capacity for mobile data services,” said Kevin Baughan,
director of Wireless, Virgin Media.


Virgin Media carried out an initial trial in London in
December 2011 and hopes to expand the 4G trials over the coming months. The
London trial operated on a test license granted by the regulator Ofcom.


AirSynergy is providing Virgin Media with a very compact
form factor that delivers extremely high-capacity LTE connectivity,” said Paul
Trubridge, VP of product management at Airspan.


The company will demonstrate its AirSynergy product at
the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona.


Recently, Nepal Telecom selected Airspan Networks, a provider of 4G broadband wireless access
networks, for rolling out LTE 4G services across the nation.


The network will provide high-speed data services to
thousands of residents and businesses.


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