SON Enables Small Cells Architecture
Many operators expect small cells to meet their network performance and coverage challenges amid the rising demand for capacity. But while small cells can decrease the overload on macro cells, deploying them en-masse creates challenges such as increased interference and noise, added operational complexity and mobility issues. Intucell’s SON handles them all.
What Are Small Cells?
Small cells are low-powered wireless access points that operate in a licensed spectrum, providing enhanced cellular coverage, capacity and applications. They increase base station density and ease the overload on macro cells, while providing additional capacity and reducing the signal-to-noise ratio. small cells are expected to provide the best solution for increasing capacity indoors, where over 70% of data traffic is consumed.
The mass deployments of small cells, such as pico cells, metro cells, and femto cells, involve huge tasks of configuration and optimization. SON is therefore critical to enable these deployments within existing budget constrains.
Intucell’s centralized SON addresses all the main challenges associated with small cell deployments:
- It optimizes macro network for smooth zero-touch integration of small cells
- It reduces noise and interference through better synchronization between small cells and the macro network
- It orchestrates the operation of small cells’ own distributed SON elements, based on actual radio conditions and QoE policies
- It enables effective large-scale deployment of small cells without increasing OPEX related to configuration, optimization and adaption of the network
- It handles the highly dynamic conditions, which characterize networks that are densified with small cells
- It is a multi-vendor solution that allows operators to create competition among their equipment providers