Mobile World Congress 2012: Freescale to power ip.access integrated LTE 3G small cell


By Telecom Lead Team: Small cell provider ip.access plans
to build integrated LTE and 3G small cell. The new unit will be based on the
QorIQ Qonverge platform from Freescale.


The E-100 is a small cell Access Point targeted for use
in enterprises and public indoor environments. The device will provide 4G and
3G mobile phone signals with data speeds of up to 150 Mbps and 42 Mbps
respectively.


The product will be ready for entry into customer labs
later this year, with field trials expected in Q1 2013.


Mobile network operators will be able to improve mobile
phone service quality and data speeds inside office buildings, shopping malls,
hotels and other public indoor areas, while at the same time relieving
congestion on the outdoor network.


Small cells will have a vital role to play in delivering
LTE’s promise of high-speed data for large numbers of subscribers. The E-100
allows operators to rapidly add coverage and capacity to their LTE networks
exactly where it is needed,” said ip.access founder and CTO Nick Johnson.


At the same time, the integrated 3G capability improves
network performance and relieves congestion for the majority of today’s
smartphone users. There’s an immediate return on investment for operators even
before the mass-market take-up of LTE handsets.


The E-100 will be integrated into ip.access’ nanoConverge
small cell solution architecture, allowing operators to deploy the E-100
alongside the company’s 3G and 2G small cells using the same gateways and
network management system.


We are delighted to be working with a company that is
well recognised for its track record of innovation and success in the small
cell marketplace. We see this as a powerful endorsement of our market-leading
LTE technology,” said Scott Aylor, general manager of Freescale’s Wireless
Access Division.


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