Taqua Enables Optimal Small Cells Innovations
May 09, 2012
By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor
With the projected explosion of small cells to assist providers in giving clients the bandwidth they need to support the growing use of data and multimedia entertainment, Taqua (News - Alert) is uniquely poised to deliver small cell backhaul and small cell core services.
According to this Taqua page, the small cells operators are deploying necessary when considering the data usage increase in the last couple of years. For example, consumers clocked a nearly 90 percent increase data usage from 2010 to 2011. And with a projected one billion mobile devices gobbling up bandwidth by 2013, mobile usage rates are going through the roof, and small cells are being looked at as the answer to these bandwidth issues.
Founded in 1998, Taqua produces next-generation telecommunication applications and systems. These products have delivered optimal service and helped operators generate revenue with Taqua’s products, including products related to small cells.
Taqua’s small cell core allows operators to address their fixed mobile convergence (FMC) efforts. The product that really pushes Taqua in the small cell industry is its TCS6100 small cell core. The device brings features seen in macro networks.
The TCS6100 also leverages service-layer interworking that meets the standards of the operator. Part of the cost-effectiveness of the TCS6100 is that it can be utilized with the existing mobile core system, which means the operator doesn’t have to ditch legacy gear to improve its network. IP-based applications and an improved network are the end result of a Taqua solution.
Operators don’t have to undertake time-consuming and expensive re-engineering of their circuit-based mobile core with Taqua’s small cell core solution – next generation architectures can be delivered, including VoIP and IMS architectures.
Small cells were once used almost exclusively in rural areas, but are now being targeted for use in urban centers. Tablet computers, mobile smartphones, and the significant amounts of mobile data applications that are running on these devices are all pushing for the deployment of small cells in buildings, on telephone poles, and any other convenient location to boost mobile backhaul.
Picocells, outdoor femtocells, metro femtocells – they’re all being deployed by operators to increase capacity and improve quality.
One issue in the deployment of small cells has been the line-of-sight requirement for many of the devices. Taqua’s small cell backhaul solution, however, utilizes non-line-of-sight technology that makes its system easier to deploy in areas that are limited in line-of-sight options. Taqua uses its Remote Backhaul Systems to provide connectivity to their small cells. Each of the hubs utilizing Taqua’s solution will get 60 Mbps throughput.
The demand for data downloads is not expected to slow anytime soon, although developers may be searching for ways to push more information through tighter spaces. As innovations continue to emerge to make the experience more fulfilling, the need for small cells is likely to continue to grow.
Edited by Brooke Neuman