BelAir Picocell Teams LTE With Wi-Fi

BelAir 100LP LTE picocell delivers high throughput with multiple deployment options

March 21, 2011

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- 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.

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

BelAir Networks Inc.

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