Telefónica UK, one of the largest mobile telecommunications providers in the United Kingdom has succesfully conducted a live network small cell field trial using Intracom Telecom's small-cell backhaul Self Optimizing Network (SON)-capable platform, StreetNode. The pilot deployment took place in Newark-on-Trent in one of the busiest industrial parks in the East Midlands region of the UK as part of Telefónica UK's assessment for ease of small cells deployment.
Intracom Telecom, a global telecommunications system vendor, said that the StreetNode™ software defined operation allowed activation and reconfiguration in the field in Point-to-Point (PtP) and Point-to-MultiPoint (PtMP) mode. According to Intracom, the trial successfully proved that a street lighting contractor who had received minimal training could install and commission a StreetNode™ unit quickly and easily, assisted greatly by the unique auto-alignment feature of StreetNode™.
Intracom added that the deployment could be monitored using an app running on Android Smartphones which connected through Bluetooth with the StreetNode™ and the system was remotely managed via Telefónica UK's Network Management Centre using Intracom Telecom's flexible management platform, uniIMS™.