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8 November 2016

Airhop and Accelleran cooperate on ultra-dense small cells

With operators embarking on densification programs, and the Small Cell Forum initiating a new work stream focused on hyperdense networks, the challenges of deploying large numbers of small cells in close proximity need to be addressed urgently. Self-optimizing network (SON) technology is key to this, and SON specialist AirHop is trialling a solution which it says can boost data throughput by 75%.

The company is working with Accelleran, a start-up which makes small cells, especially for TDD spectrum, and their joint offering is taking part in a US trial with an unnamed operator. The trial is using Accelleran’s E101 Outdoor Small Cell based on Cavium processors, and AirHop’s eSON system.

Accelleran has a history of developing high capacity cells for unpaired spectrum, especially 3.5 GHz, and this capacity spectrum has, of course, been given new momentum by the US’s opening of its CBRS band, with its innovative shared access system.

Meanwhile, AirHop concentrates in particular on interference management, capacity and coverage optimization for very dense small cell HetNets.

“We are excited to work with AirHop and leverage its commercial eSON system with our small cell solutions”, said Trevor Moore, CEO of Accelleran. “eSON delivers a proven solution for interference mitigation and capacity and coverage optimization with unmatched network performance gains.”

“Accelleran provides best-in-class small cell LTE solutions and we are please to collaborate with them for opportunities for TDD in 3.5 GHz,” added Hanson On, co-founder of AirHop. “Accelleran brings unique software and design capabilities to deliver cost-effective, reliable solutions required for network densification.”