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Chinese firm claims world’s first LTE-LAA small cell

Baicells, using Radisys software, is testing LTE-LAA small cell with China Mobile

Chinese tech company Baicells has been making moves in the small cells space as of late, most recently with the launch of an LTE license assisted access small cell using Intel processors.

Baicells is lauding the product as the “world’s first” small cell that can operate LTE in unlicensed spectrum using LAA, which requires an anchor tenant deployed in licensed spectrum.

For its part, Intel lent its Transcede system-on-a-chip processor to the project.

LAA was standardized last year with 3GPP’s Release 13; it considers a listen-before-talk mechanism to maintain co-existence with Wi-Fi also deployed in unlicensed spectrum. LTE/Wi-Fi co-existence is a major industry issue surrounding LTE-Unlicensed.

“Aggregation of licensed spectrum and unlicensed spectrum helps the mobile operator reduce their expense on spectrum while still being able to improve the user experience,” said Wei Bai, VP of marketing for Baicells. “LBT eliminates any effects on the existing Wi-Fi and makes LAA coexist with Wi-Fi.”

Specific to the Baicells product, Bai said, “the excellent processing ability of the chipset can greatly optimize the performance of the small cell. Combined with Baicells’ own technical advantages, we launched the world’s first LAA small cell to help operators open a new era of the LTE world.”

Baicells uses software for LTE small cells from Radisys, specifically the CellEngine TotaleNodeB. China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the world, has trialled the Baicells tech in the field and is looking at deployments later this year.

“We’re excited about this strategic design win for Radisys, and the opportunity to support Baicells’ solution trials and deployments in China today and in North America in the near future,” said Tom McQuade, GM of CellEngine and Trillium Software for Radisys. “We recognized early on that LTE-U is a significant innovation in our industry and accordingly incorporated this feature into our award-winning CellEngine TotaleNodeB small cell software. This first solution supports LTE-U and we plan to support [LAA] inline with operator deployments.”


Sean Kinney, Editor in Chief
Sean Kinney, Editor in Chief
Sean focuses on multiple subject areas including 5G, Open RAN, hybrid cloud, edge computing, and Industry 4.0. He also hosts Arden Media's podcast Will 5G Change the World? Prior to his work at RCR, Sean studied journalism and literature at the University of Mississippi then spent six years based in Key West, Florida, working as a reporter for the Miami Herald Media Company. He currently lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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