Join Qualcomm Research at MWC 2015. Small Cells with UltraSON
Solving the data challenge through hyperdense small cells.
The next performance and capacity leap will be achieved through the use of small cells. Qualcomm Research is driving innovation in small cell technology with a suite of Self-Organizing Network (SON) features under the UltraSON™ brand. These features enabled unplanned, plug-and-play deployment of small cells while ensuring robust mobility and reliable user experience. Small cells powered by UltraSON technology improve coverage and significantly increase capacity. When deployed in high density with additional spectrum, it is possible to increase network capacity beyond 1000x of today’s macro-only deployment.
Qualcomm Research has completed a small cell network trial to demonstrate that unplanned hyper-dense deployment and significant capacity gain are possible with small cells. In collaboration with Sprint and NASCAR, Qualcomm team has deployed the first live over-the-air trial of the world’s densest LTE small cell network (equivalent density greater than 1000 cells/km2) based on LTE TDD using UltraSON at the Phoenix International Raceway. Qualcomm has demonstrated that this outdoor small cell network powered by UltraSON technology achieved excellent user experience and 40x capacity improvement when compared to the traditional venue deployment.
Small Cell Classifications
The LTE UltraSON suite consists of Self-Configuration, Backhaul Aware Operation, Mobility Management, and Dynamic Resource and Tx Power Management feature sets. These features enable different small cell deployments:
Neighborhood Small Cells
Deployed in residential areas which leverage existing premises and backhaul to greatly reduce Capital Expenditure (CapEx) and Operational Expenditure (OpEx).
Enterprise Small Cells
Deployed in office buildings and typically transmit at a lower power level than picocells.
Small cells for use in outdoor public venues and hotspots such as at stadiums, airports and on lamp posts.
To validate and showcase UltraSON technology, Qualcomm Research has deployed a dense network of LTE small cells (minimum inter-site distance of 15 m) throughout San Diego Qualcomm campus. The 30 small cells, powered by UltraSON and deployed at various indoor and outdoor locations, provide extended coverage on campus with seamless mobility.