Broadcom to simplify small cell deployment

Broadcom today announced an integrated gateway platform optimized to simplify small cell deployment in emerging markets.

Broadcom’s highly integrated platform combines the BCM61630 single-chip solution with Alcatel-Lucent’s widely-deployed small cells software for Ultra-Broadband Access. The platform allows Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) to create and integrate small cells into a wide variety of products that will easily integrate into existing core operator networks.

Small cell deployments are gaining traction in both established and emerging markets as wireless operators look for cost-effective methods to offload traffic from the macro network1. Recognizing the importance of small cells to improve telecommunications services, Brazil announced its intent to regulate the use of small cells within the region and trials are currently underway.

“Operators consider small cells to be a fundamental ingredient to increase end user quality of experience for voice and mobile broadband in residential and in-building locations in the deployment of next generation (3G/4G) wireless network infrastructure,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst, Infonetics Research.

“Small cell deployment allows wireless operators to cost-effectively improve both coverage and capacity, especially in areas where access would otherwise be limited or unavailable,” added Howard.

“Our continued relationship with Broadcom will increase the availability of a wide variety of high quality small cells to residential customers in emerging markets,” said Mike Schabel, Vice President of Small Cell Business, Alcatel-Lucent.

“This will allow operators to meet the needs of their customers while also optimizing their networks to be highly efficient,” added Schabel.

“Our integrated gateway platform combines the best of both worlds. By bringing together our hardware and wireless connectivity expertise with Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership in small cells, operators now have the option to deliver advanced connectivity to customers in emerging markets,” said Greg Fischer, vice president and general manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom.

Broadcom’s femtocell gateway platform is immediately available and in production.

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