A series of successful LTE trials were recently carried out by Virgin Media (News - Alert) Business in three major UK cities—London, Newcastle and Bristol. The company reportedly used Airspan's (News - Alert) AirSynergy Small Cell LTE Solution to carry out the trials.


AirSynergy is a groundbreaking pico cell, multi-standard 4G product. Its compact design ensures discrete deployments in various locations such as lamp posts, telephone poles and building fronts. The product comes with an integrated wireless backhaul capability, called iBridge, and the ability to self-configure, self-connect, self-heal and self-optimize when deployed.

Given the explosive growth in demand for high speed mobile broadband in the major UK cities, carrier are on the lookout for a solution that would enable them to tailor coverage and capacity according to customer demand, as well as enable indoor and outdoor 4G coverage from common infrastructure.

The successful trial now enables Virgin Media Business, the operator of UK's only nationwide fiber optic network, carrying 35 percent of all business broadband traffic,  to meet this demand and offer mobile network operators a hosting service for the creation of very high capacity radio access networks.

“With our partners like Airspan, Virgin Media Business has been able to prove the viability of small-cells for 4G metropolitan services. We believe that 'small cells as a service' concept will appeal to mobile operators because a shared hosting environment is more cost effective than each operator building their own small cell infrastructure. We are not just catering to a fixed pool of demand, but offering an opportunity for growth and innovation,” director of Wireless at Virgin Media Business, Kevin Baughan (News - Alert), noted in a statement.

“We are pleased with the positive outcome of these LTE trials. AirSynergy provided Virgin Media Business with a very compact and rapidly deployable form factor that delivered great coverage in urban centers. This trial has demonstrated the beneficial role small cells play in ensuring the success of future mobile broadband deployments,” Airspan VP of Product Management, Paul Trubridge noted in a statement.

Recently, Airspan Networks (News - Alert) has signed an OEM agreement with SEM4G Networks, a division of SEM Srl, an Italian based ICT technology solutions provider.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman