Telecom Lead U.K: Ubiquisys, a provider of intelligent small cells, today announced that its GM7 multi-mode cell for indoor public spaces has been selected for deployment in some of the world’s most significant small cell programs.
The new cell supports LTE, 3G-HSPA+ and WiFi and is specifically designed for use in a wide range of public spaces such as stores, malls, and transport hubs. The GM7 features ActiveCell high-availability software with 99.999 percent uptime proven at thousands of indoor metro sites in South Korea and Japan.
Carriers have been actively shifting their focus towards indoor public access small cells and away from outdoor models, where they face significant deployment challenges surrounding site acquisition, backhaul and power. This is because more than 70 percent of mobile data is consumed indoors, where there is an abundance of IP backhaul, power and motivated site owners.
“Outdoor small cells have a role to play, but the problems of site acquisition costs, backhaul and power coupled with the majority of data usage occurring inside is making indoor metrocells more compelling to carriers,” said Chris Gilbert, CEO Ubiquisys.
“Indoor small cells have clear technical and economic advantages, provide a natural integration point with WiFi, and can be fully deployed in just three months. That’s why carriers are increasingly making them the first choice for multiplying data capacity and coverage.”
The Ubiquisys GM7 uses Texas Instruments’ high performance TMS320TCI6614 chipset solution providing simultaneous LTE and 3G-HSPA, which Ubiquisys ActiveCell software can dynamically balance according to demand.
The underlying KeyStone architecture has specific features designed to handle the hundreds of data users these cells will serve. These include specific hardware acceleration for Layer2, including queuing engines and powerful Direct Memory Access (DMA), separate Layer3 processing and a dedicated network processing engine to handle complex backhaul packet processing.