27 June 2016 – Parallel Wireless is delighted to announce its participation in the fourth Small Cell LTE Plugfest organized by Small Cell Forum (SCF), in partnership with ETSI, from the 27th June to the 08th July in Naples, Italy. Taking place in the Telecom Italia/TIM’s specialist labs, the Plugfest will enable key players and suppliers in the small cell marketplace to test their products and solutions for interoperability and reliability in mixed vendor environments.

The two-week Plugfest will provide the opportunity for remote testing as well as collaborative work in the TIM Labs. The Plugfest will have a special focus on the self-organizing network (SON) capabilities of small cells in a HetNet environment, as well as looking at other areas including traffic offloading, closed subscriber groups, and the impact of LTE-A aggregation.

“Interoperability is the foundation of the small cell ecosystem,” said Alan Law, Chair, Small Cell Forum. “That interoperability will be a major factor in the success of future Multi-x HetNet environments relying heavily on small cell infrastructure. Our Plugfest program ensures our vendor and operator members continue to build and operate world-class interoperable infrastructure.”

Parallel Wireless’ participation in the fourth Small Cell LTE Plugfest focused on the interoperability of our solution as well as the automation and programmability features of our built-in network SON. Plugfests such as these provide an opportunity for Parallel Wireless to test how well our solution can interwork with other vendors’ equipment. This particular plugfest also provided us with the chance to see how well the SON features on our HetNet Gateway (HNG) can automate small cells from other vendors to make networks self-configuring. With traffic mitigation features such as parallel scheduling and ICIC, SON functionality on HNG also makes networks self-optimizing as HetNet GW automatically adjusts network conditions to maximize QoE to the end-user. These automation / programmability features are essential for us to enable true HetNets.

About Parallel Wireless:

Parallel Wireless is reimagining the wireless infrastructure market, enabling carriers, public safety, and enterprises to deploy and maintain cellular networks as easy and as cost-effective as enterprise Wi-Fi. It delivers resilient coverage and capacity on demand, enables IoT, and provides optimized user experience. The largest LTE provider in Europe has teamed up with Parallel Wireless to deliver reliable coverage to 1,500 rural sites by 2017, making it the largest outdoor small cell deployment worldwide. Parallel Wireless’ innovation and excellence has been recognized with 23 industry awards and a nomination to the “Fierce 15” top emerging technology startups list.

About ETSI:

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose more than 800 member companies and organizations, drawn from 66 countries, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.

About Small Cell Forum:

Small Cell Forum works to drive the wide-scale adoption of small cells and accelerate the delivery of integrated HetNets. We are not a standards organization but partner with organizations that inform and determine standards development. We are a carrier-led organization. This means our operator members establish requirements that drive the activities and outputs of our technical groups.

Today our members are driving solutions that include small cell/Wi-Fi integration, SON evolution, virtualization of the small cell layer, driving mass adoption via multi-operator neutral host, ensuring a common approach to service APIs to drive commercialisation and the integration of small cells into 5G standards evolution.

The SCF board includes Airspan Networks, AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, ip.access, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Reliance Communications, Jio, Softbank, SpiderCloud Wireless, Sprint and Vodafone.