Parallel Wireless is honored to be named as a finalist for not one, but two categories as part of LTE Awards 2015 among industry leaders as Ericsson, IBM, KT, LG Uplus, Microsemi Corp., Astellia, Citrix Systems, F5, Hitachi CTA, and NetNumber. We would like to thank the judges for recognizing our out of the box thinking on RAN and core virtualization, and the Parallel Wireless team who have contributed to this success and made these nominations possible.

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HetNet Gateway Finalist for Best Core Product

The various solutions employed by today’s operators require additional support for signaling and paging optimization. For paging, current solutions include support from MME to build the tracking area list intelligently by looking at the UE movement, general traffic movement, tracking area adjacency, etc. Some MMEs also support multi- layered/hierarchical paging where they choose a subset of eNodeBs within the tracking area for selective paging, gradually increasing the subset to all cells in a tracking area.

HetNet Gateway does not require additional support as it not only aggregates eNodeBs under its management (along with their corresponding S1 interfaces), but also offers optimized paging. As a result, MME does not have to reach to individual cells for paging and only has to send paging to HNG. HNG would internally employ different techniques to determine the equivalent subset of cell(s) the UE should be paged with. With these advantages, a Service Provider can choose to build larger tracking areas without incurring signaling overload.

HetNet Gateway with aggregation of signaling protects the core and with paging optimization, improves the end-user experience on LTE networks. As a result, the network OPEX cost will decrease with NFV scalability on commodity servers, and CAPEX expenditures with integrated gateways and hierarchical MME will be much lower as well.

A defining challenge for LTE is finding a way to reduce cost and network complexity. Because HetNet Gateway makes LTE deployments and maintenance as easy and cost-effective as Wi-Fi, its significance to LTE networks is immeasurable. With the emergence of HetNets as well, HNG becomes even more applicable to service providers as it enables any vendor and any EPC interoperability. Network components such as radios and cores supporting any 3GPP release are all able to interoperate with HNG.

Rural Micro Network Technology Finalist as the Most Innovative LTE Service

Service Providers in many developed countries are mandated by the government to provide rural service, but realistically, it is not possible as installation and maintenance costs are high, especially for areas with limited population. The data commitments for rural services will not be government subsidized, so the operators need to find a way to fulfill their pledges while keeping costs affordable. New innovative architectures like the one that Parallel Wireless is developing will play a bigger part in better balancing the roll-out cost with the revenue potential going forward.

In the past, the main barrier to offering mobile coverage in remote areas of the UK has been the cost of building large radio towers and laying fiber/cables across the countryside. Winner of Leading Lights “Most Innovative Wireless Service”, this new micro network first connects a small station (CWS nodes from Parallel Wireless) via mesh to a nearby macro tower (about 6km), and then extends the coverage and capacity of the tower to the nodes in the valley via backhaul mesh capabilities. Each node in the valley provides access to the community and backhaul connection to neighboring nodes. HetNet Gateway helps with the node configuration, optimization, traffic mitigation, and enables additional level of resilience and improves the economics of connecting hard-to-reach areas via cost-effective mesh.

EE’s connecting 1,500 previously unconnected rural communities in the UK to its 4G network by the end of 2017 using Parallel Wireless micro network technology that makes it easier and more economical to reach isolated locations by eliminating the need for cables or large masts. Many of us take access to broadband for granted. In any region with very limited fixed network infrastructure, this innovative technology with low-cost but powerful base stations, mesh capabilities and controller that provides self-configuration and self-optimization of the nodes, can deliver reliable LTE service at a lower cost and on accelerated timeline to underserved population.

Read the Small Cell Forum case study on this award-winning rural deployment here.