Small cell with integrated DAS claims industry first
Under terms of the agreement, ip.access furnishes a baseband processing unit with the same features as its E16 3G picocell, integrated into a single card that can be inserted into TE’s InterReach Spectrum digital DAS. The system eliminates A/D and D/A converters and RF interfacing equipment since the ip.access base station is connected directly to the DAS, improving signal quality while reducing heat dissipation, power consumption and deployment space.
The ip.access small cell access points use the 3GPP standard Iuh interface for connection to the wireless service provider’s network, enabling the E16 to interoperate not only with ip.access’ own small cell gateways and management system, but also with third party standards-based small cell gateways. This makes the integrated DAS solution very flexible, and allows it to support multi-operator deployments from a single installation. The integrated system provides precision capacity to specific areas and the ability to move capacity over distances, making the most out of the service provider assets.
Chris Jurasek, vice president and general manager of TE Wireless and Services, believes that integrating DAS and small cell base stations is what near future markets want as more enterprises and other venues see the need for enhanced mobile network capacity and coverage.
The integrated small cell/DAS system supporting WCDMA will be available for demonstrations in the summer of 2012. An LTE system is planned for early 2013.