Small Cells Featured Article
Taqua's Small Cells Enable Mobile Operators to Improve Coverage, Service
August 09, 2012
By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor
The massive adoption of smartphones, tablets and mobile data applications is overwhelming wireless networks. Operators are caving in under the strain and cost of continuously adding capacity and improving coverage.
To off-load data and address network capacity challenges from surging data traffic, mobile industry is looking up to small cells as a solution to these problems.
While small cells are readily available, their deployment has been limited by the cost and flexibility of existing backhaul technologies – fiber and microwave. Although these solutions provide high-capacity backhaul, they are often too costly or impractical for lamp post deployment due to line-of-sight requirements.
Small cell solutions provider, Taqua (News - Alert), has addressed that problem with its W-Series of non-line-of-sight (NLOS) backhaul systems that provide connectivity to any vendor's small cell. Each small cell site is connected to a Taqua remote backhaul module via a standard Ethernet connection.
Hence, in reality, small cells solutions provider Taqua allows mobile operators to efficiently deploy new small cell solutions and extend and improve their mobile service to the home and the enterprise over broadband access, including unlicensed/Wi-Fi spectrum. According to Taqua, these small cell services are helping operators to increase customer satisfaction, improve coverage, reduce subscriber churn and introduce new high-margin revenue streams.
At the heart of Taqua's small cell core is the TCS6100, which delivers macro network features and service-layer interworking – essential for the new small cell services. While meeting the carrier's strict reliability and quality standards, it also leverages existing mobile core systems and practices, allowing operators to deploy new small cell offerings with minimal financial or operational impact.
In addition, added Taqua, small cells are enabling operators to deliver new IP-based applications, which is further expanding mobile network capacity without re-engineering the circuit-based mobile core. Thus, providing a cost effective migration to next-generation VoIP and IMS architectures, noted Taqua.
The solution can be deployed in pre-IMS and IMS networks. In pre-IMS networks, the TCS6100 is an application server operating as a SIP-MSC (News - Alert)/IWF. While in IMS networks, it operates as a SIP Multimedia Telephony Application Server (MMTEL) and IP-SM-6W for messaging.
To find out more about Taqua visit the company at ITEXPO West 2012. To be held Oct. 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, ITEXPO (News - Alert) is the world’s premiere communications and technology event. Visit Taqua in booth # 1020. For more information on ITEXPO West 2012 click here.
Edited by Braden Becker
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