Airtel, Sercomm launch first vRAN-based TDD small cell

May 04, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Airtel, Sercomm launch first vRAN-based TDD small cell
Bharti Airtel, India's largest integrated telecommunications company, and Sercomm have announced the launch of the first vRAN-based (virtualized radio access network) TDD small cell.

Jointly developed by Airtel and Sercomm, the TDD small cell offers a plug-and-play approach for the cloud radio network connection and will deliver enhanced efficiencies.

With Split Option 2 technology, the distributed unit (DU) utilizes various broadband links as a backhaul connecting to the cloud-based radio network. The TDD small cell not only greatly improves operation reliability, but also facilitates a heterogeneous network. Adopting an open, distributed and split RAN (Radio Access Network) architecture, enables an efficient 4G-to-5G upgrade path for Airtel.

Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel said, "The introduction of the TDD small cell would enable us to further enhance our indoor network connectivity and provide our customers with a superior indoor experience."

Sercomm has committed long-term investments in the development of LTE/5G mobility technology. The key technologies and products for LTE/5G mobility include small cell, CBRS, private LTE, NB-IoT/LTE-M module, and LTE/5G CPE. The company’s product portfolio provides LTE/5G mobility systems and products that increase cell capacity and density, lower OPEX and CAPEX, enable massive IoT applications utilization, and improve user experience.

Last year Sercomm and Altiostar  jointly announced the deployment of virtualized small cells that combine the benefits of Sercomm’s optimized hardware design with Altiostar's vRAN and utilize the power efficient and feature rich Qualcomm FSM Small Cell Platform. The virtualized small cell has been deployed in the tests of Rakuten's fully virtualized, end-to-end cloud-native network in suburban Tokyo, initially launched in February 2019.

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