Cisco Systems has opened an innovation center in Israel to test the world’s first self-optimizing heterogeneous configuration that combines small-cell, Wi-Fi and macro technologies.
The tests will be carried out over Pelephone’s live mobile network.
The Cisco self-optimizing network (SON) software, which automatically manages the solution, is a component of the recently announced Cisco Quantum software suite, and bolstered by the recent acquisitions of Ubiquisys.
SON is crucial for mass-scale small-cell deployment as it can automatically integrate into the network numerous new cells and synchronize them with the existing macro network. Coexistence between small cells and the macro radio network is widely seen by mobile operators as their most pressing network topology challenge.
Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Mobility Business Group, Cisco “Small cells have become a crucial element in any modern mobile Internet network. Without them service providers would be challenged to meet the coverage and capacity needs created by the explosion in mobile data demand and the shift of mobile traffic indoors,”