Telefónica has completed a technology pilot based on Parallel Wireless' programmable and Open RAN to connect remote communities in LatAm with mobile broadband.
The trial, as part of Telefónica's initiative "Internet Para Todos", enables multiple locations in the region to benefit from 3G and 4G wireless connectivity based on General Purpose Processing platforms.
Two different solutions provided by Parallel Wireless were deployed:
- Converged Wireless System (CWS) - a base station built with Commodity off the Shelf (COTS) components that integrates 3G and 4G access in the same form factor.
- HetNet Gateway (HNG) - a carrier-grade software platform that enables an Open RAN architecture by using standard-based and open interfaces between network components to simplify network management and integration of new RAN products into the core of the network.
The settlements used the full SDR capability of the Parallel Wireless Open RAN technology to provide data and voice services over both 3G and 4G technology to thousands of clients. The pilot has validated the maturity of these technologies to provide a cost-effective connectivity in low density areas, getting a voice growth of 12% per month and Circuit Switch Fall Back (CSFB) success call rate of 99%, said Parallel Wireless.