Industry Recognition

Enabling A Scalable HetNet

Each phase of the cellular network development faced new and unique challenges. Early on, it was solving the basic mobility challenge of handoffs, then it was addressing the density of calls, more recently it was the introduction of IP as the foundation of the network. In each of these cases, the biggest challenges always were addressed through innovating either the core of the network itself (handoffs, IP) or modulation schemes (increasing the number of channels for voice, data, etc.). But the evolution of the basic structure of the radio network itself didn’t progress that much throughout all of this innovation. Hence the defining challenge for the next ten years is finding a cost-effective way to manage a much more complex radio network driven by HetNets and the evolution to 5G.

Whether macro, metro, rural, small cell, public safety or enterprise, we are reimagining how to accelerate the LTE access network build out while paving the road to 5G HetNets. Learn more about our solutions for public safety here.

Parallel Wireless has developed the following offerings to effectively orchestrate and manage HetNets:

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

Nominated by the Network Intelligence Alliance as the Best Technical Platform based on Network Intelligence for SDN/NFV, HETNET GATEWAY (HNG) makes a true HetNet easy to scale. HNG uses open, and fully 3GPP-compliant interfaces and is built on principles of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). It virtualizes the unified multi-vendor Radio Access Network (RAN) on high-availability, carrier-grade, standard data center computing hardware. It dynamically orchestrates and manages all cellular RAN configurations in real-time while abstracting RAN changes from the packet core network and the packet core network changes from the RAN. HNG helps cost-effectively roll out new nodes, manage coverage, and enhance customer experience. With HetNet Gateway, deploying and maintaining carrier-grade cellular networks becomes as easy as Wi-Fi.

Enables cost-effective 3G, 4G, & Wi-Fi hardware to be much more capable...

CONVERGED WIRELESS SYSTEM (CWS) is a reimagined base station. It’s a 3GPP-compliant carrier-grade/fleet-grade multi-RAT node with integrated flexible backhaul including resilient backhaul mesh in the same form factor. It is available in different form factors including outdoor, in-vehicle, and deployable. The nodes utilize commodity components and the latest powerful, but cost-effective System on Chip (SoC), as a result the system can deliver reliable coverage at an affordable price point for Service Providers. It creates a strong wireless signal and provides consumers with access to superfast mobile broadband. The CWS base stations are easy to install with HetNet Gateway – literally under an hour, and do not require any on-going maintenance.

Parallel Wireless Network Architecture 2016

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