As mobile operators worldwide plan and deploy LTE networks to support the relentless growth in mobile data demand, a new class of small cell base station, known as outdoor metropolitan picocell, is gaining traction. According to industry research firm, In-Stat, the outdoor metropolitan picocell market is forecast to top $5 Billion in 2014. In that same year, more than two billion Wi-Fi chipsets will ship, according to IHS iSuppli, reflecting Wi-Fi’s continued popularity in smartphones and tablets, the devices driving mobile data and video consumption. Against this backdrop of increasing mobile data demand, LTE small cell adoption and Wi-Fi enabled device growth, BelAir Networks today announced the new BelAir100LP LTE Picocell, a compact outdoor small cell base station that combines LTE and 802.11n Wi-Fi and can be installed and activated within 15 minutes.
“In live network trials with Tier One operators, we’ve proven that combining licensed and unlicensed wireless technologies in a small cell base station is a very effective way to handle growing mobile data traffic, ” said Bernard Herscovich, President and CEO, BelAir Networks. “The BelAir100LP features a modular platform to accommodate operators’ LTE preferences and leverages patented innovations that address the installation challenges – including backhaul, power and mounting – that have impeded widespread picocell adoption to date.”
BelAir Networks has been deploying carrier Wi-Fi solutions and licensed + unlicensed products to offload data traffic from congested mobile networks for years. Leveraging this expertise, the BelAir100LP LTE Picocell enables mobile carriers to quickly and cost-effectively build large-scale small cell networks for future proof capacity and coverage, with features that include:
• Multiple mounting options – pole and wall-mount or patented strand mount via aerial, pedestal, cabinet or vault hybrid fiber coax (HFC) infrastructure;
• Backhaul flexibility – patented high-performance switched mesh, fiber, Ethernet or HFC;
• Licensed and unlicensed access radios – LTE + dual 802.11n Wi-Fi radios with chip-based beamforming;
• Internal array beam steering antennas working in conjunction with chip-based beamforming to deliver improved throughput at a greater distance;
• Powering via AC, DC or cable plant;
• Virtual AP capabilities enabling multiple operators to share common wireless network infrastructure while offering a customized user experience through direct integration with their specific back end systems (AAA, Policy Management) on a per SSID basis.
The BelAir100LP is designed to provide a high capacity underlay or coverage extension to tower and rooftop-based LTE macrocell deployments. In a traditional macrocell configuration, LTE promises to deliver 2-4X the capacity of current 3G networks, but with leading operators witnessing mobile data growth of 7 - 30X over the last 3 years, LTE macrocells alone will provide only temporary relief from data congestion. As a result, operators are leveraging both small cell architectures and unlicensed spectrum in order to augment capacity in areas of high use concentration.
The BelAir100LP represents an evolution of the award-winning BelAir100SP Strand Picocell which incorporates HSPA or CDMA radios along with 802.11n Wi-Fi, and is currently in live network trials with major operators. AWS spectrum band is also supported on BelAir Networks indoor and outdoor APs and base stations.
BelAir Networks comprehensive product and service portfolio includes:
• Outdoor picocells combining licensed 3G or 4G base stations with dual 802.11n radios;
• Indoor and outdoor 802.11n Wi-Fi APs with 2-4 radios supporting Wi-Fi access and backhaul interconnections at both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz;
• BelAirOS operating system software enabling back office integration with the carrier’s existing systems (policy management, AAA, edge routers) and supporting network wide mobility;
• BelView network management system supporting up to 50,000 base stations in one network on a scalable client-server-data collector architecture with web-based monitoring;
• Carrier business intelligence tools including the Synthetic Client and Smartphone Dashboard;
• Network planning, deployment, integration and support services.
BelAir Networks will be at booth #2604 at CTIA Wireless 2011, Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida, March 22-24, 2011.
About BelAir Networks
BelAir Networks (belairnetworks.com) wireless networking solutions are deployed by the world's leading service providers including AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision. The company's portfolio of indoor and outdoor access points (AP) and picocell base stations, control and management systems enable service providers to build scalable, high performance wireless networks for 3G/4G data offload, city hotzones, and Wi-Fi coverage for large venues, special events and retail chains. BelAir Networks solutions provide a compelling return on investment enabling service providers to capitalize on the explosive growth of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices and associated applications. Innovative mobile carriers and cable operators use BelAir Networks to drive revenue, improve competitiveness and deliver a great mobile broadband user experience. Founded in 2001, BelAir Networks is a privately held company with Tier 1 carrier customers and backed by investment from Comcast Interactive Capital, T-Mobile Venture Fund and leading venture capital firms including Trilogy Equity Partners.