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Femtocells

Femtocells bring improved broadband services to homes and small offices

Today, more than 80 percent of mobile usage occurs inside buildings and customers expect to receive the same great service indoors as they do anywhere else.

Nokia in-home small cell solutions enable operators and CSPs to improve the service they offer indoor users. They provide home and small enterprise users with a better service experience, while offering operators new options to boost indoor coverage and capacity.

While the past has been about connecting people, the future is about connecting things - improving personal life, optimizing business processes. The Internet of Things has a transformational impact on all industries, re-shaping business models, value chains, and entire industry configurations. Femtocells as the providers of small indoor coverage are able to satisfy the needs of smart devices and bring affordable connectivity to your home. Now is time to act - Nokia helps operators tap new business opportunities in the rapidly developing IoT market, now supporting IoT connections within femtocell portfolio.

Nokia has the largest portfolio of residential small cells and the largest number of claimed residential small-cell customer wins. Our Femtocell portfolio offers both 3G and multi-standard solutions for residential and enterprise usage, with the added option of customization.

Highly reliable indoor coverage will become essential to ensure that new applications and services are supported as they make our homes smarter.

Benefits

  • Deliver multiple services, reduce network deployment costs, and enhance customer experience
  • Speedy deployment of in-building networks that enable new value-added services
  • Scale easily to build for today and adapt for tomorrow
  • Deliver coverage and capacity where your customers expect it.

Highlights

Nokia multi-band femtocells leverage the latest innovations to provide an indoor small cell that consists of 3G W-CDMA and 4G LTE carriers. The 3G and 4G carriers are supported using a single System on Chip (SoC), and can operate in multiple radio frequency (RF) bands. The Software Defined Radio capability of the femtocell provides the flexibility to move from Multi-Standard to 4G only.

These software-only changes can be made remotely, through OAM, and so do not require a site visit.

Network deployment and optimization costs of our femtocells are also significantly reduced with Self-Organizing Network (SON) features. The SON technology increases operational efficiency and network performance by automating network configuration and optimization.
With the following extended SON features we are ensuring smoother integration and higher performance in heterogeneous networks:

  • Improved handover performance by discovering critical missing neighbors, and by using the most relevant neighbors
  • Centralized mechanism for assignment of PSCs (Primary Scrambling Code) to a small cell group reducing the risk of ambiguity and the number of failed handovers
  • Ability to deploy a small cell solution in 2100 MHz while allowing full mobility to/from 3G 2100 and/or 900bands
  • Significantly reducing false PCI (Physical Cell ID) collision rate due to UL interference
  • Guaranteed capacity per operator
  • Improved user equipment (UE) ability to hear the PRS (position reference signal) information from macro cells, when the UE is in the macro coverage area but is near a small cell

Customer Cases

T-Mobile USA improves residential coverage and voice quality with 9961 Multi-Standard Home Cell