Entel, a major Bolivian telecom company, and Huawei jointly completed commercial deployment of all-in-one small footprint urban macro site solution, TubeStar.
TubeStar breaks the boundaries of traditional base station products by allowing RF, baseband, transmission, and battery units to accommodate in a tiny vertical space, making it ideally suited for deployment urban areas.
The solution helps Entel solve most critical problems as the site acquisition and high TCO in the cities, said Huawei.
Bolivia consists of a quite complex urban landscape. With a high land privatization rate of 75%, site acquisition has long been considered a serious challenge for site construction. In general, it can take up to six months to acquire a site, on condition that a traditional on-tower macro base station deployment involves towers, equipment rooms, and fences, requires a floor area of up to 40m2.
By adapting TubeStar solution, Entel saves around 60% of site area, claims Huawei. As the equipment and cables are pre-installed in the tube segments, Entel only needs to ship the tube segments to the site, shortening the deployment time from 30 days to 11 days.