Nex-Tech Wireless deploys Airvana's C-RAN solution at Kansas campus

Nex-Tech Wireless deployed an Airvana cloud RAN (C-RAN) solution, called the OneCell, to improve wireless coverage for a graduation ceremony at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. The C-RAN architecture covered the university's 7,600-seat Gross Coliseum and was used to eliminate cell border interference.

Specifically, Airvana said the OneCell is LTE-only and was deployed using 10 MHz downlink channels. Airvana Director of Product Marketing Josh Adelson said that the OneCell provided peak download speeds of 66 Mbps, as well as a 99.7 percent connection setup rate, a 0.5 percent drop rate and a 100 percent macro handover success rate. Downlink speeds were consistently 20 Mbps or better, according to Adelson, with uplink speeds generally in the 17-20 Mbps range.

Adelson added that because fewer than 10 percent of commercial buildings have access to DAS, low-cost C-RAN solutions such as OneCell have the potential to significantly increase the percentage of buildings with solutions such as these. Such deployments have only "touched the tip of the iceberg," small cell expert Joe Madden told FierceInstaller.

For more:
- see this Airvana release

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