Node-H participates in fourth Small Cell LTE Plugfest in Europe
30 June 2016 – Node-H is delighted to announce its participation in the fourth Small Cell LTE Plugfest organized by Small Cell Forum (SCF), in partnership with ETSI, from the 27th June to the 08th July in Naples, Italy. Taking place in the Telecom Italia/TIM’s specialist labs, the Plugfest will enable key players and suppliers in the small cell marketplace to test their products and solutions for interoperability and reliability in mixed vendor environments.
The two-week Plugfest will provide the opportunity for remote testing as well as collaborative work in the TIM Labs. The Plugfest will have a special focus on the self-organizing network (SON) capabilities of small cells in a HetNet environment, as well as looking at other areas including traffic offloading, closed subscriber groups, and the impact of LTE-A aggregation.
"Interoperability is the foundation of the small cell ecosystem," said Alan Law, Chair, Small Cell Forum. "That interoperability will be a major factor in the success of future Multi-x HetNet environments relying heavily on small cell infrastructure. Our Plugfest program ensures our vendor and operator members continue to build and operate world-class interoperable infrastructure."
Node-H is testing with LTE enterprise small cells from various partner companies. Node-H has implemented a full distributed SON functionality which can be coordinated with the macro network through interworking with the gateway and management system, providing a true HetNet capability.
Node-H has been an active participant in the Small Cell Forum’s Interoperability program, and Node-H recently received the Chairman’s Award from the Small Cell Forum for its contribution to the program.
“Interoperability is essential to give carriers confidence to invest in small cells”, says Mike Cronin, CEO of Node-H. “Node-H has attended every SCF/ETSI Plugfest to date, both for UMTS and LTE, so that we can provide a highly robust user experience for the end-customer.”
Node-H software is deployed in millions of small cells worldwide. Demonstrations of Node-H small cell features can be viewed at the Node-H website http://www.node-h.com/showcase.html.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose more than 800 member companies and organizations, drawn from 66 countries, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.
About Small Cell Forum (SCF)
Small Cell Forum works to drive the wide-scale adoption of small cells and accelerate the delivery of integrated HetNets. We are not a standards organization but partner with organizations that inform and determine standards development. We are a carrier-led organization. This means our operator members establish requirements that drive the activities and outputs of our technical groups.
Today our members are driving solutions that include small cell/Wi-Fi integration, SON evolution, virtualization of the small cell layer, driving mass adoption via multi-operator neutral host, ensuring a common approach to service APIs to drive commercialisation and the integration of small cells into 5G standards evolution.
The SCF board includes Airspan Networks, AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, ip.access, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Reliance Communications, Jio, Softbank, SpiderCloud Wireless, Sprint and Vodafone.