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Turkey's MNO Avea Selects NEC Small Cell Gateway Solution to Boost Indoor Mobile Connectivity

Clock 5 March 2015
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Turkey's MNO Avea Selects NEC Small Cell Gateway Solution to Boost Indoor Mobile Connectivity Image Credit: Samsung

Avea, a new entrant to Turkey's mobile scene is leveraging NEC's small cell gateway solution to boost mobile connectivity at home and work. Avea will use NEC's small cell gateway to manage its residential femtocells and enterprise-grade indoor small cells. It aggregates indoor small cell networks into a standardized lu interface connected into the mobile core network to streamline deployment and management activities for the operator. 

According to NEC, Avea has successfully completed the pilot testing of its small cell Enterprise RAN (E-RAN) solution from NEC and its partner, SpiderCloud to provide innovative multimode LTE and 3G connectivity for enterprises. Using an enterprise's existing Ethernet infrastructure, E-RAN avoids the expense, and lengthy disruption of coaxial cable installation works, CAT6/7 Ethernet re-wiring and specialist indoor radio planning. As it uses only a fraction of the power of a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) by removing the need for dedicated air-conditioning units, operating costs are dramatically reduced.

NEC recently made an investment in SpiderCloud for an undisclosed number of shares in the company. The deal is designed to help NEC and SpiderCloud accelerate its programme to create an end-to-end platform to enable operators to provide enterprises with mobile connectivity, in addition to communication applications that boost workplace productivity.

Cemal Baki, Technology Group Service & Product Director, Avea Network  
We're seeing a new competitive battlefield emerging in the mobile market. People are no longer just concerned about price and the scope of an operator's outdoor network coverage. They also want excellent coverage indoors, where they predominantly use their mobile phones, and the peace of mind of great customer service whenever they need it. We're pleased to work with a market leading partner like NEC to roll out new residential small cell service and initiate enterprise-grade pilots to help meet this demand.

Martin Guthrie, Business Development Director, NEC
NEC has shipped over a million of our award winning femtocell access points around the world. We're now seeing rapid growth in the enterprise space which is a fast growing market for carriers. NEC has a rich enterprise communication service application ecosystem to enable carriers to provide converged fixed and wireless mobile and broadband services to boost workplace productivity.

Ray is The Fast Mode's editor and content director. Ray has covered the wireless industry as a writer for more than 10 years, focusing on technology and business aspects of the telecoms sector. Ray can be reached at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com. Follow Ray at linkedin.com/in/raysharma10

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