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Startup Brews an LTE Small Cell Storm

Michelle Donegan
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Michelle Donegan
5/16/2011
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Meet the newest kid on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) small cell block: Wazco.

The startup launched on Monday what it claims is the industry's first multi-sector small cell LTE base station, called MetroStorm, ahead of the LTE World Summit, which is going on this week in Amsterdam.

The MetroStorm product is built on LTE baseband processors from Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPD), baseband modules from Interphase Corp. , radio frequency (RF) transceivers from DataSoft, and self-organizing network (SON) technology from AirHop Communications Inc.

Here's the clever bit: Wazco has taken LTE base station technology and put it with an active antenna array (that also integrates the power amplifiers); then it has added SON capabilities. The unit is so small it can fit inside the lamp of a lamppost. And when many of these small cells are deployed in so-called MetroStorm Clusters, they are managed by AirHop's SON technology so that they appear to a mobile operator's core network as just one base station.

Wazco's first target markets are the U.S. and India, where the small cells can be deployed to boost LTE capacity in densely populated urban or rural areas. In the U.S., in particular, the company is looking to target LTE public safety networks.

Why this matters
It's the SON network management feature that makes MetroStorm intriguing because network management is a big pain barrier operators will have to break through in order to get the benefits of LTE small cells. As Wazco Chairman and CEO Mike Nasco puts it, "Small cells are the next big thing and managing them is going to be the tricky part."

This is also a new twist on Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets). (See Get Hip to the HetNet.)

For more
Small cells, HetNets and SON are bound to be buzzing in Amsterdam this week. Here are the latest developments to get up to speed:



— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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bogdanovici,
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12/5/2012 | 5:05:16 PM
re: Startup Brews an LTE Small Cell Storm


Any word on how they plan/propose to backhaul the traffic? Using a lamppost to host the small cell base station (in most cases) limits backhaul options to fibre which usually brings the costs up.

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Michelle Donegan,
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12/5/2012 | 5:04:37 PM
re: Startup Brews an LTE Small Cell Storm


Thanks for the question. This is something I am also keen to know more about and will report more as I learn more.


Michelle

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