BLiNQ Networks Inc., a company that provides small cell wireless backhaul solutions, recently joined The Small Cell Forum that supports, promotes and helps drive the wide-scale adoption of small cell technologies to improve coverage, capacity and services delivered by mobile networks.

"Small cell technology is enabling operators to add capacity in mobile networks to meet the data hungry demands of consumers," said Mickey Miller, CEO and president of BLiNQ Networks. "Backhaul plays a very important role at making the economics of small cells a viable business option."

BLiNQ uses cost-effective sub-6 GHz TDD spectrum and unique patent-pending Managed Adaptive Resource Allocation (MARA) technology to provide network-level intelligence, self-organizing network capabilities, and eliminates interference challenges to maximize spectral efficiency. BLiNQ is headquartered in Plano, TX with research and development facilities in Ottawa, Canada.

"Data consumption is on the rise and small cells are a critical means of offloading network congestion," said Gordon Mansfield, chairman of The Small Cell Forum. "Backhaul will be a key component of small cell solutions that operators need to successfully navigate if they are to economically rollout public access small cell services. I would like to welcome BLiNQ Networks to the Forum and look forward to their contributions."

The Small Cell Forum, formerly known as the Femto Forum (News - Alert), supports the wide-scale adoption of small cells. Small cells are low-power wireless access points that operate in licensed spectrum. They are also operator-managed and feature edge-based intelligence. The Forum has in excess of 140 members including 67 operators representing more than 2.92 billion mobile subscribers -- 47 percent of the global total -- as well as telecoms hardware and software vendors, content providers and innovative start-ups.

BLiNQ Networks recently launched X-100, a backhaul solution for small cells. The technology allows cell providers to deploy small cell technology, including femtocells, wherever it’s needed.

Small cells are smaller base stations compared to standard cell towers, allowing them to be placed in areas such as inside buildings where it may be difficult for conventional signals to reach.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman