Telefónica Connects Remote Communities in LatAm with Parallel Wireless' Programmable and Open RAN

1 March 2018
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Telefónica Connects Remote Communities in LatAm with Parallel Wireless' Programmable and Open RAN Image Credit: Parallel Wireless

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.

Patrick Lopez, VP Networks Innovation, Telefonica
This successful pilot is a proof of our commitment to simplify and reduce the costs of our radio networks using innovative solutions. 'Internet Para Todos' is a project aimed at connecting more than 100 million people in LatAm. 

Steve Papa, Founder and CEO, Parallel Wireless 
Parallel Wireless simplified, programmable and virtualized all IP network architecture enables global MNOs to reduce costs, speed time-to-market, and sustain profitable growth.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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