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.