Light Reading

Cisco: LTE Small Cell Is a 'Priority'

Michelle Donegan
LR Mobile News Analysis
Michelle Donegan
7/4/2012
50%
50%

For Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), developing an Long Term Evolution (LTE) small cell is a top priority, according to the company's small cell business development manager, John Murray.

Exactly what that product is, though, Murray isn't saying, but it's apparent that the project is important to the vendor.

"It's a priority," says Murray.

And depending on the availability of silicon, the company could have a proof-of-concept device out within the next six months. "It all starts and stops with the silicon," says Murray.

Cisco first raised the prospect of developing an LTE small cell at the Mobile World Congress in February this year and said that such a product was "on the horizon." (See Cisco’s Big Small-Cell Ambitions and Cisco: We're Doing Small Cells Too.)

Now, while the company hasn't revealed detailed specifics about future products, it did say it's talking to operators about their requirements for tiny base stations in their 4G networks. (See AT&T Launches RFI for Small Cells .)

It's clear, though, that Cisco isn't developing a product that will support LTE alone. Murray says the company is more focused on a converged, modular product that could support unlicensed Wi-Fi as well as licensed 3G and LTE services in the same unit.

"We think you're going to need all three of those technologies in the same box," he says. "The key is modular," he adds, so that the service provider could mix and match the supported technologies within each small cell.

Cisco also says that operators were eyeing up small cells for enterprises, as well.

"Of most interest to operators globally is the enterprise space, particularly for LTE," says Murray.

Another part of the company's small-cell picture is the on-going work it is doing with its partner ip.access Ltd. , which supplies the femtocell technology in AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s Microcell-branded residential femto that's supplied by Cisco. (See Cisco Claims AT&T Femto as Its Own and Cisco, ip.access Prep Femto Combo.)

"There's a strong relationship between Cisco and ip.access," says Murray. "We continue to work with them … sharing roadmaps, doing joint development, evolving our residential solution and bringing the latest silicon… We're talking to ip.access on their LTE strategy."

Once it gets its multimode public access small cell products to market, Cisco will face tough competition from rivals such as Airspan Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: AIRN), Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701), Nokia Networks and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763), which also have similar products in the pipeline. (See Who's Big in Small Cells?)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
joset01
50%
50%
joset01,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:28:33 PM
re: Cisco: LTE Small Cell Is a 'Priority'


Cisco's 3G microcell is already supposed to be the most widely deployed 3G basestation -- micro or macro -- in the US. Why wouldn't Cisco want some of that action for 4G?

Flash Poll
From The Founder
Anshul Sadana answers questions from Steve Saunders, Light Reading's founder and CEO, about Arista's CloudVision, a global cloud network controller for workload orchestration and workflow automation delivering a turnkey solution for cloud networking.
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei ONS Product Demo

8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
LRTV Custom TV
End-User or Enterprise Benefits to the New IP

7|30|15   |   04:27   |   (1) comment


Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
LRTV Custom TV
Network Visibility & the New IP

7|30|15   |   02:23   |   (0) comments


Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Between the CEOs
Video Exclusive With Basil Alwan, Alcatel-Lucent

7|24|15   |   26:44   |   (5) comments


Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
LRTV Custom TV
VDF: Enable the Financial With Mobile Money

7|20|15   |   06:53   |   (0) comments


Ian Ravenscroft discusses how operators can expand to occupy the entire digital services value chain through service innovation.
LRTV Custom TV
Telefónica on OSS Transformation

7|20|15   |   06:01   |   (0) comments


Jose Gonzales discusses the details of Telefónica's operation transformation program.
LRTV Custom TV
Judi Achmadi on Huawei's Cloud Storage Solution

7|20|15   |   03:33   |   (0) comments


Judi discusses the key business goals of TelekomSigma's public cloud service and how Huawei's solution helps them address challenges.
LRTV Custom TV
KPN Enlightening Digital Business & IT Transformation

7|20|15   |   06:19   |   (0) comments


Rob de Beer discusses the changes that operators need to make with service innovation now coming from the Internet world.
LRTV Custom TV
Stratus Telco-Grade Cloud Solutions & NFV

7|20|15   |   07:34   |   (0) comments


Ali Kafel from Stratus Technologies addresses high-availability concerns within the telco industry with a solution that enables telcos to provide high-availability and stateful fault-tolerance using a software-based approach.
LRTV Documentaries
The Six Million Dollar Business Man

7|20|15   |   01:52   |   (0) comments


Steve Saunders, publisher. A man barely alive after an acquisition malfunction imploded the company he founded. Gentlemen, we can rebuild Light Reading. Better, faster, stronger.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Anukool Lakhina, Guavus

7|20|15   |   38:51   |   (1) comment


Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the role of operational analytics in the communications services and networking sectors, particularly in relation to IoT.
LRTV Custom TV
IBM's Flash Storage With Intel QuickAssist

7|20|15   |   03:18   |   (0) comments


Intel's Bev Crair and IBM's Eric Herzog discuss how IBM's V9000 Flash Storage System has helped customers around the world. Featuring real-time compression powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, the V9000 is a next-gen flash storage solution.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Network operators start seeing savings from NFV in the first year, according to a study by Affirmed Networks and ACG.
Hot Topics
Cable Feuds With Senate Dems Over STBs
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/31/2015
RJio to Launch Its Own 4G Devices Brand
Gagandeep Kaur, Contributing Editor, 7/27/2015
Qualcomm Wants FCC to Stay Out of LTE-U Fray
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 7/27/2015
Silence Like Diamonds – Episode 2: Warning Shot
John Barnes, Author, 7/28/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
September 22, 2015
Media Begins With “Me”
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the role of operational analytics in the communications services and networking sectors, particularly in relation to IoT.
Cats with Phones
Comes With Free Phone Stand Click Here
Who says cats don't have any skills?