Industry Recognition

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Parallel Wireless is reimagining the RAN and building solutions that will enable and accelerate the long term transition from today’s 4G LTE to tomorrow’s 5G cellular networks.

In the span of a past decade we’ve gone from a majority of voice-only 2G networks to widespread data-first LTE networks. In the decade to come, expectations are for wireless networks to rival the capacity and speed we experience on wired networks today. In the same way that the architecture for voice-only 2G networks was inappropriate for data-first networks, the architecture of today’s LTE rollout will face serious challenges cost-effectively achieving the capacity and coverage aspirations for 5G.

The only known way to realize the vision for 5G networks is densification. We need more radios covering more bands in more places. This means the average carrier will have multiple bands of LTE spectrum. This means we will have more radios than ever before from multiple vendors. This means we will have a true unified HetNet versus independent 3G/LTE networks or separate macro, femto, and metro cell networks.

All of this points to the need for more intelligent coordination and orchestration in the RAN. We are well on our way to this future with our introduction of the HetNet Gateway and Converged Wireless System which have been honored with 23 industry awards nominations: “Best technology breakthrough” by GSMA Global Mobile Awards; “Best network platform based on network intelligence for SDN/NFV” by Network Intelligence Alliance; “Most innovative SDN strategy 2015” and “Most Innovative Wireless Service (3G, 4G, Carrier Wi-Fi) 2016” by Leading Lights; “Most innovative LTE service” and “Best LTE core product” by LTE Awards; “Best access point design and technology” AND “Best backhaul design and technology” by Small Cell Forum; SPIFFY Awards for “Best Communication Solutions” by Telecom Council of Silicon Valley; CTIA’s e-Tech Awards 2015, Wide Area Network (WAN) category for “Enabling RAN Hyperconnectivity with HetNet Gateway”. Parallel Wireless’ micro-network technology deployed by EE has also WON the awards for Leading Lights “Most innovative wireless service” and Small Cell Forum’s “Excellence in rural deployment”. HetNet Gateway has also won The Network Intelligence Alliance’s Intelligent Open Networking (IOPN) Award for “Best Innovation combining intelligence with open networking“. Parallel Wireless has also been named by Fierce Wireless to its “Fierce 15” list which highlights top emerging technology startups of great potential.

Our roadmap and vision will introduce more capabilities and continue to incrementally evolve the network. We look forward to sharing more as we fully realize this vision.

This year’s award applications show that all the leading players are increasingly recognizing the crucial combination of openness and intelligence to make tomorrow’s networks successful.

NI Alliance, IOPN Awards

The most interesting new entrant in the wireless base-station market is a New Hampshire startup with a penchant for thinking differently.

Ken Rehbehn, 451 Research

The company appeared in Cisco’s exhibit of solutions from a variety of ecosystem vendors at [APCO 2015]. By including Parallel Wireless, which brings a proven platform for outdoor or vehicle-mounted deployment to the Cisco story, it highlighted the benefits of IP-based multivendor interoperability.

Ken Rehbehn, 451 Research

The [Small Cell Forum Awards] shortlist contains both small and large vendors, but is tipped in favor of the small guys–suggesting where innovation is taking place.

Peter Jarich, Current Analysis

This is in fact an early example of a virtualized small cell system, since the orchestration of the access points is run in software on the controller, which supports the NFV standard.

Rethink Wireless

The technology avoids two costs which usually make rural mobile coverage economically inviable. There is no need to install a full-scale cell tower just to serve a small number of people within its range. And there is no need to run underground cables to provide backhaul.

Rethink Wireless

Parallel all-in solution pushes a few topical buttons – including NFV in the RAN and SDN for backhaul.

The Mobile Network

EE [and Parallel Wireless have] devised a solution that will improve voice and broadband service in remote villages without breaking the bank.

Light Reading

One of the many visions for the 5G future is HetNets. EE [and Parallel Wireless are] now rolling out HetNets.

The Register

This world-first technology will demonstrate significant advancements to bring coverage to more of the UK.

The Telegraph

Being connected to good, reliable mobile coverage can make a significant difference to everyday life.

The lack of a need for large masts and underground cables “changes the economics of mobile coverage.”


The added benefit of the micro-network is that it also extends the reach of mobile data.

BBC News

This new technology enables voice and data coverage for small communities, at a lower cost of deployment.

Telecom TV

Parallel Wireless’s [HNG] and CWS work together to reimagine LTE RAN architectures that make possible the deployment of a fully-functioning LTE and 3G network in hours.


EE seems very enthused by the company. A spokesperson said, “It is not often you see an operator so supportive of one vendor. The technology is great.”

The Mobile Network

The technology has the potential to change the economics of mobile coverage by removing the need to install large masts and fixed broadband or cabling in out-of-the-way locations.

Mobile World Live

With increasing pressure on operators from consumers, businesses and the government to provide better connectivity in badly connected areas, this technology has promise.

If EE was being its normal hype-filled self, it would call its latest mobile trial in Cumbria 5G. Its restraint is admirable… and the technology even more so.

The Register

EE launched a program of rural small cells throughout UK, reaching 1,500 communities over 3 years. This compares favorably with Vodafone’s long touted Community Small Cell project to cover just 100 villages. It also introduces a new Small Cell vendor, Parallel Wireless – a major achievement for such a young company.


This is a great technology story. I’m a huge fan of mesh networks and this is just stunning to see, could be my technology story of the year.


This new technology was discussed at our meeting, and I am sending EE my survey analysis showing areas of weak or no mobile coverage to seek prioritization during the rollout. I have also argued for Shropshire to be the next pilot area, after Cumbria.

South Shropshire MP, Philip Dunne

The innovative designs integrate 3G, 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi, real-time network orchestration and resource optimization so that mobile operators can cost-effectively deploy multi-technology HetNets.

IHS Electronics 360

…its software-based approach with the CWS base station will prove useful in coming years as operators on a global scale look to software as a means of quickly and easily updating network capabilities

Nicole Blanchard, Fierce Wireless Tech

…by combining these systems into one device, not only will mobile operators save money and time on installation, they will also eliminate the need to acquire more small cell solutions.

Nicole Blanchard, Fierce Wireless Tech

…the virtualized RAN solution will assist operators to lower deployment and management costs of multi-technology networks. This solution will be significantly accelerating the design, trial and deployment of SDN- and NFV-based architectures.

Telecom Lead

Parallel Wireless is continuing its mission to make mobile network deployments easy with the launch of its new HetNet Gateway (HNG). HNG will function as a complete manager of wireless networks.

Casey Houser, Telecom Signaling Resource Center

It can handle 3G and 4G mobile as well as Wi-Fi, and tries to make management simple by organizing all wireless spectrum and radio area networks (RANs) into a single, configurable package.

Casey Houser, Telecom Signaling Resource Center

The new term of HetNet gateway effectively combines both cellular and Wi-Fi into one box, bridging and consolidating the best of both…Parallel Wireless have developed a gateway that handles not just 3G and LTE but also fully integrates Wi-Fi as well.

David Chambers, ThinkSmallCell

This can scale to handle all of the RAN traffic, both small and macro cell…This means there is now a single point of real-time control across all wireless access technologies.

David Chambers, ThinkSmallCell

It’s an ambitious and radical approach, making use of the latest software architecture techniques to scale efficiently and cost effectively.

David Chambers, ThinkSmallCell

…Parallel aims to go beyond current centralized SON offerings and create a fully unified set of intelligent capabilities – a sort of “SON of SONs” for a complex multilayer network of the future.

Caroline Gabriel, ReThink Wireless

…by virtualising both C-RAN and SON on the same platform, HNG creates a coordinated system that provides centralised and elastic scheduling over standard X2.

The Mobile Network