Light Reading
AirHop's self-organizing network technology, created for LTE, gets a 3G introduction inside a line of HSPA+ picocells

AirHop, picoChip Scale Back to 3G

Sarah Reedy
LR Mobile News Analysis
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor
10/18/2010
50%
50%

AirHop Communications Inc. and Picochip are joining forces to bring the power of self-organizing network (SON) technology to picocells -- but on 3G networks, not 4G.

Specifically, AirHop will integrate its evolved SON software into picoChip's 3G picoXcell PC302 high-speed access (HSPA+) platform.

The partnership, being announced tomorrow at 4G World, is targeted at helping wireless operators manage interference in real time and optimize spectrum reuse in heterogeneous networks, including crowdsourced small-cells. (See Startup Challenges AlcaLu's Single-Vendor LTE .)

It's the issue that startup AirHop was founded to address in 2007 for Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, but Garrett Choi, AirHop's chief operating officer, says it's a 3G problem too.

AirHop addresses the need for distributed networks and interference mitigation via small cells in LTE, where RF parameters are more complex. But an unprecedented increase in small-cell density has spurred the need for more advanced SON software in 3G networks, Choi says.

"This problem is not something we can wait around for," he says. "It's a 3G problem that hopefully 4G can make better."

AirHop's eSON can scale back to 3G, but with less functionality. Choi says that when the market is ready for LTE, AirHop will be able to update its software quickly. When that will be, however, is unclear. He guesses it will happen sometime after macrocells are in place, since that's the technology most operators are focusing on first.

Current Analysis analyst Peter Jarich says it could be about two years before small cells go commercial for LTE.

"As far as operators go, it's unclear for them when that time [for small cells] hits them," Jarich says. "It's not from the beginning, but when it becomes important is unclear."

The Femto Forum Ltd. is hoping to speed up that process with its announcement today of new APIs for interoperability between femtocell semiconductors and protocol software stacks from different vendors, of which there are many.

AirHop and picoChip teamed up back at the Mobile World Congress and Spring CTIA to demonstrate how SON principles can be applied to femtocells to manage interference, but this is the first time the two are announcing the technology's integration in picoXcell. (See 4G Startup Revs LTE Automation, picoChip Showcases LTE Femtocell Silicon, and MWC Preview: Femtos Go Macro.)

The companies are working together because they both approach the industry from the small-cell perspective, rather than trying to miniaturize macrocells like some competitors do, Choi says. picoChip has also been one of the vendors leading the charge in femto chips with a specific focus on SON applications. (See Small Cells Key to LTE, Analyst Says, PicoChip Unveils LTE Femto Chipset, and PicoChip Bags $20M, Plans IPO.)

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Rick Talbot, Principal Analyst, Current Analysis

10|31|14   |   2:12   |   (0) comments


At the NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014, Rick Talbot shared his positive feedback about the holistic and open approach that Huawei adopts for SDN and NFV. He also found the open sharing at the event valuable as it features different perspectives from Huawei experts, telecom operators, industry analysts as well as security experts.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With David Snow, Principal Analyst, Current Analysis

10|31|14   |   2:24   |   (0) comments


David Snow talked about his understanding of Huawei and its SoftCOM strategy at the NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014, saying that Huawei's wide approach combining IT and CT expertise, introducing big data and analytics into solutions and contributing to the OpenStack community particularly resonate with him and make the company stand out in the industry.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

10|31|14   |   3:13   |   (0) comments


Roz Roseboro commented on Huawei's data center capabilities and NFV solutions at the NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014, saying that in addition to covering all three key domains of compute, storage and networking, the company also emphasizes the importance of management capabilities and professional services, which are essential in making NFV a reality.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Michael Howard, Co-founder & Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research

10|31|14   |   5:25   |   (0) comments


Michael Howard talked about SDN, NFV, and OpenStack adoption at Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014. Particularly, he pointed out that Virtual Enterprise CPE is the top NFV use case that operators plan to invest in over 2014 and 2015 to deliver new enterprise services through virtualized functions.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Jerry Caron, Senior Vice President, Current Analysis

10|31|14   |   3:11   |   (0) comments


At Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014, Jerry Caron from Current Analysis said that orchestration and management are key to realizing SDN and NFV for global carriers, and the approach that Huawei is taking, with its FusionSphere Cloud OS at the core, is in the right direction to address the challenges.
LRTV Documentaries
Broadband Battles

10|31|14   |   01:39   |   (0) comments


This year's Broadband World Forum featured a number of show floor battles focused on access gear, components and coffee.
Jonestown
Mobile Backhaul: Going to the Dark Side?

10|30|14   |   2:26   |   (1) comment


Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan shares his view on a dark trend that bubbled up at Light Reading's annual backhaul conference in NYC.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
2014 Huawei Electric Power Industry Summit: Interview With CEO of SwitchCom

10|30|14   |   4:13   |   (0) comments


SwitchCom, an IT company based in Angola, recommends a variety of Huawei solutions and hardware to their customers in the energy industry.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
2014 Huawei Electric Power Industry Summit: Interview With Ethiopia's Ministry of Water Irrigation & Energy

10|30|14   |   4:08   |   (0) comments


Gosaye Mengistie of Ethiopia's Ministry of Water Irrigation & Energy discusses the collaboration with Huawei in that country.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
2014 Huawei Electric Power Industry Summit: Interview with Dongfang Electronics Corporation

10|30|14   |   5:46   |   (0) comments


Dongfang Electronics Corporation, headquartered in Chengdu, China, is one of China's largest manufacturers of power generators and contractors of power station projects.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
2014 Huawei Electric Power Industry Summit: Interview with Zimbabwe's Customers

10|30|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


Representatives of Zimbabwe's Ministry of Power and Development discuss the energy needs of their country as well as new areas of improvement due to enhanced ICT capabilities.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
2014 Huawei Electric Power Industry Summit: Interview With Colbún Chile

10|30|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


In Chile, an aging energy infrastructure was in dire need of a modern update. Claudio Valenzuela of Colbún discusses how Huawei's ICT solutions continue to provide crucial information to improve the grid and how an in-country engineer is a cricial asset.
Upcoming Live Events
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 30, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
Hot Topics
Microsoft's Skype Embraces WebRTC on IE
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 10/27/2014
FTC Slaps AT&T With Throttling Lawsuit
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 10/28/2014
Wheeler Gets Down With OTT
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/29/2014
China's MVNOs Hit the Wall
Robert Clark, 10/27/2014
Let's Not Kill SDN & NFV With Silos
Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior VP, Global Products Group, Ciena, 10/28/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed