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How small cell operators are changing the cell phone signal penetration in the US market

Airvana, a famous leader in small cell solutions enables mobile operators to deliver dramatically better service to subscribers in the most challenging and high-value environments. The environments include offices, public venues, and in the home. The company’s award-winning 4G LTE and 3G small cell solutions ensure “five bar” voice coverage, superior data performance, and expanded capacity for wireless services. Independent research firms consistently rank Airvana among the small cell market share leaders. Headquartered in Chelmsford, Mass., USA, Airvana is a founding member of the Small Cell Forum and has 15 years of experience providing commercial wireless equipment to over 90 operators globally.
OneCell C-RAN operates over standard Ethernet switches and cabling to deliver LTE in large venues at substantially lower cost than traditional distributed antenna systems (DAS). Nex-Tech Wireless, a mobile network operator in the west-central U.S.
The OneCell system proved itself equal to the task, delivering impressive performance statistics:
Peak 66 Mbps download speeds achieved consistently throughout the coliseum (in a 10 MHz LTE channel)
99.7% connection setup success rate
0.5% connection drop rate
100% macro handover success rate
As a small operator, they compete by using technology to provide superior service at competitive prices. Gross Coliseum’s installed DAS no longer met our capacity and performance requirements. OneCell provided superior performance at a much more attractive cost than upgrading the DAS. The entire qualification process, from first lab tests to live commercial use took just nine weeks. As a demanding use case, the graduation event exceeded the expectations and validated the advantages of this technology.

Since it was first announced in June 2014, OneCell has received wide industry recognition including being selected by mobile operator CTOs worldwide for the Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology CTO’s Choice award at the 2015 Mobile World Congress. In a recent study, independent analyst firm Real Wireless concluded that OneCell can provide the same or better service as DAS for up to 71% lower cost.
Small cell operation
“Nex-Tech Wireless’s practice of leveraging technology innovation is a perfect match for proving the value of OneCell,” said Rod Gatehouse, vice president of marketing and product management, Airvana. “This deployment validates our C-RAN approach and OneCell’s commercial readiness, even in the most demanding of environments.”