While more and more consumers are snapping up smartphones and tablets, and even more expected to do so with the approach of the holiday season, networks are increasingly strained while handling the data these devices push onto their networks.
BLiNQ Networks has stepped in with the X-100, a backhaul solution for small cells.
“The X-100 is the first product that we are introducing as part of BLiNQ’s Backhaul Suite,” said Mickey Miller, CEO and president of BLiNQ Networks. “Our software solves a number of capacity challenges in the enterprise, telecom, and mobile infrastructures.”
The technology allows cell providers to deploy small cell technology, including femtocells, wherever it’s needed. Small cells are smaller base stations than the standard cell towers, allowing them to be placed in areas such as inside buildings that may be difficult for conventional signals to reach.
The X-100 aims to give carriers an easy way to deploy scalable wireless backhaul, adding capacity to networks taxed by the increasing amounts of data mobile devices such as smartphones are putting on their networks.
It is self-configuring and also includes technology to manage interference, ensuring network connectivity and reliability.
BLiNQ claims that the X-100 provides a 30-percent cost savings over line-of-sight and microwave networks, and a 55-percent saving over using fiber optic backhaul networks. It can be installed in less than 15 minutes, offering up to 80 Mbps in the 10 MHz channel.
The X-100 is available in both licensed and non-exclusive spectrum models.
A study by the company raised the question over whether carriers were choosing the right solutions for their backhaul.
“When it comes to small cells, the question is that of scalability: do such solutions allow the operator to deploy the number of small cell base stations forecasted? What would be the total cost of small cell backhaul?” BLiNQ’s study read. “Without cost effective backhaul, it is too expensive to deploy small cells to address the growing demand for mobile data traffic which is being fueled by advances in mobile computing devices.”
Edited by Braden Becker