MWC 2014: Aricent brings new SON solution

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, Aricent  today launched self-optimizing network solution called Universal SON (Uni-SON).

The new SON automates optimization of multi-technology and multi-layered radio access networks thereby reducing operational expenditure (Opex) and improving user experience significantly, said Aricent in a statement.

Aricent said Uni-SON can help optimize legacy networks (2G/3G), Greenfield 4G (LTE) networks, or a network running any combination of these technologies.

Uni-SON solution can help automate the optimization of 2G, 3G and LTE networks simultaneously. Its centralized architecture helps to capture a global view of the network, with decision variables spanning across different technologies and network layers.


This helps in managing conflicts and determining the best configuration settings for each cell in terms of its coverage, power level, neighbour relations, handover relationships etc. including the inter-radio access technology optimizations. Uni-SON can be customized to support network equipment from multiple vendors, which makes it a highly interoperable solution.

Aricent in pact with Octasic

Meanwhile, Aricent announced its association with Octasic, a provider of devices and technology platforms for wireless base stations and media processing, to develop 3G and LTE small cell platforms.

The new small cell platform is expected to enable telecom equipment manufacturers to quickly build advanced 3G and 4G small cell solutions for vertical markets such as public safety and defense.

The OEM-ready 3G and LTE small cell joint solutions include Aricent’s 3G small cell and LTE eNodeB framework ported to Octasic’s OCTBTS family of base station platforms powered by the OCT2224W system-on-a-chip (SoC).

Aricent and ARM partner

In another development, Aricent said it is leveraging ARM  Mali  Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and parallel computing technology to develop HEVC (H.265) codecs that consume less power and bandwidth whilst delivering an Ultra HD video experience to users.

Aricent’s HEVC solution can be integrated with multi-screen adaptive streaming engines such as HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) or MPEG-DASH (Moving Picture Expert Group-Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) to support streaming of Ultra HD content.

This is most suitable for content providers because with such a solution they can provide an unprecedented user experience by combining ability of HEVC to encode the Ultra HD content with a very high compression ratio at low bandwidth, with adaptive streaming.

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