Sunday, August 15, 2010

BelAir Introduces Picocell for Cable Operators

BelAir Networks introduced a compact wireless base station for delivering mobile broadband Internet via both licensed and unlicensed wireless spectrum. The company said its compact design overcomes challenges in providing power, mounting and backhaul to small, wireless base stations.

The new BelAir100SP Strand Picocell is designed to be mounted on existing cable infrastructure, with both power and backhaul provided by the broadband hybrid fiber coax (HFC) plant.

A modular design of the BelAir100SP currently supports a range of licensed 3G radios, with a migration to LTE, along with dual 802.11n Wi-Fi radios.

BelAir is offering a range of mounting options, enabling the picocell to be deployed from cable plant installed on poles, in cabinets and pedestals and even underground.

BelAir's operating system software also supports carrier-grade security, edge based policy enforcement, and network-wide mobility. In addition to the 3G and dual 802.11n radios and associated antennas and duplexers, the BelAir100SP includes a DOCSIS 3.0 Modem, plant power supply, and power protection/splitter.

The company notes that many mobile carriers already partner with Cable Operators, leveraging the hybrid fiber coax infrastructure to backhaul mobile traffic from 2G and 3G macrocells.