Parallel Wireless, Inc and Telefónica have successfully completed a technology pilot to connect remote communities in LatAm with mobile broadband.
Parallel Wireless is a specialist in connecting things and people at home, work, play, and in emergencies, with end-to-end 2G, 3G, and 4G Open RAN solutions. The LatAm technology pilot was based on Parallel Wireless programmable and Open RAN and connected remote communities iwith mobile broadband as part of Telefónica’s initiative “Internet Para Todos”.
The multiple locations in the region benefited 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 Commercial 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 in qustion 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 users. Parallel Wireless reckons 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%. 3G/4G traffic benefited from the technology’s intelligent packet processing to deliver over 10 Gbytes per settlement of daily 3G and 4G data traffic. Each cell availability stood at 99% with Parallel Wireless HNG delivering 100% intra frequency mobility success rate that delivered very Quality of Experience for end users.
“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. An open and programmable RAN is an important part of the solution,” stated Telefónica VP Networks Innovation Patrick Lopez.