Alcatel-Lucent trials Compact Metro Cell Outdoor

Alcatel-Lucent-trials-Compact-Metro-Cell-OutdoorAlcatel-Lucent is trialling Compact Metro Cell Outdoor family which is 50 percent smaller than existing metro cells with a number of operators around the globe.

Compact Metro Cell Outdoor provides more options for the discrete creation of HetNets to improve coverage and capacity, including integrating the device into street furniture, such as the digital advertising signage in bus shelters being developed by JCDecaux as part of a technology partnership with Alcatel-Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent is giving operators greater flexibility by adding the new Compact Metro Cell Outdoor family to its portfolio of small cells devices. Compact Metro Cell Outdoor optimizes coverage and capacity and meet customer data demands, in a design that’s half the size and 43 percent more power efficient compared to existing metro cells.

The Compact Metro Cell Outdoor (CMCO) family integrates the latest embedded baseband innovations, an LTE radio, higher power output and modular design options, including external antennas. It supports a greater number of active users and offers even more deployment flexibility. Their compact size also allows them to be wall-mounted and hidden from view, with just the antenna visible, and optimally placed to offer customers the highest service quality.

Operators can connect CMCO devices via backhaul into their wider network. In addition, the ability to bypass the embedded baseband unit (BBU) means they will also be able to connect via a Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) to a centralized BBU, managing multiple radios. This will allow them to smoothly evolve networks and leverage the efficiencies offered by a virtualized RAN architecture.

Mike Schabel, vice president, Small Cells, Alcatel-Lucent said, “The goal of this product was to enable operators to seamlessly and simply integrate the product inside of existing street furniture and simplify municipality zoning approvals. Our existing Metro Cells continues to help them with pole-mounting and wall-mounting applications, while we are expanding their deployment options with the Compact Metro Cell Outdoor.”

The Compact Metro Cell Outdoor family is commercially available now within the 1800 MHz frequency, B7 operating band and 2600 MHz frequency, B3 operating band, with a full complement of frequencies for FDD and TDD available throughout 2015.

Alcatel-Lucent has over 130 contracts in small cell spanning more than 75 operators in 53 countries including multi-vendor and hardened industrial-grade external deployments. It offers end-to-end solutions for the home, in-building as well as outdoor metro cell deployments.

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