TTP gamechanger to accelerate urban LTE
Cambridge UK product innovator The Technology Partnership has come up with a new small cell designed specifically for deployment on lamp posts that will simplify the delivery of urban LTE and lower costs in the process.
The invention will boost the delivery of Long-Term Evolution technology – the standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals.
It will also enhance the connection of sensors and devices inherent in realising the vision of the Internet of Things.
The innovation could not be more timely with demand for cellular data continuing to rise and outdoor small cells seen as an essential element in the long-term delivery of high-capacity urban networks.
The use of lamp posts – known in the sector as golden lamp posts – enables the acquisition of many thousands of suitable sites through negotiation with a single city authority.
TTP's new eNodeB is simply fitted into a lamp post's standard photocell socket, providing the quickest possible installation without any modification to the lighting column or its power supply.
Because the compact design meets de minimis planning requirements, it also simplifies planning consents, the company says.
TTP's prototype eNodeB is based on the Freescale BSC9131 QorIQ Qonverge processor and will be shown for the first time at Mobile World Congress next month on the Freescale stand.
It incorporates LTE Access Point software from fellow Cambridge company ip.access and has been demonstrated with the Quortus EPX Core evolved packet core. It is targeted at 50 metre cells, supporting up to 32 active users at downlink rates of up to 100 Mbps.
TTP’s Steve Baker said: “There has been a lot of focus on the unit cost of small cells but less attention has been paid to total cost of deployment.
“The costs of site acquisition, planning consents and installation become significant factors when tens or even hundreds of thousands of small cells are considered.
The TTP outdoor lamp post cell addresses these challenges head-on.”
The unit presents a Gigabit interface for S1/X2 and provides Power Over Ethernet out, enabling the use of a wide range of streethaul technologies. TTP says that such a cell has an obvious role in outdoor densification for busy metro areas but also provides a strong platform for operators adopting an 'outdoor in' small cell strategy.
TTP expects brisk interest at the Mobile World Congress (March 2-5) from infrastructure OEMs seeking rapid entry into the emerging outdoor small cells market.
TTP also anticipates interest from mobile network operators looking for a cost-effective way of deploying outdoor small cells and city authorities who wish to understand how their on-street assets could be used to deliver better wireless connectivity.