|[February 25, 2013]
AirHop Launches vSONTM Virtualization Software Platform for Effective HetNets Deployment
BARCELONA, Spain --(Business Wire)--
AirHop (News - Alert) Communications, Inc., a leading
provider of advanced radio access network (RAN) software, announced
the availability of vSONTM, a self-organized network (SON)
virtualization software platform that gives operators a key tool for
heterogeneous network (HetNet) planning and deployment.
vSON is designed to assist mobile operators in planning their small cell
deployments, and specifically, evaluating the impact of SON. In simplest
terms, vSON allows operators to virtually overlay SON-enabled small
cells on top of an existing mobile network and simulate network
operations in order to quantify the SON-generated improvements in
network capacity and throughput.
The vSON platform simulates real-network elements, such as base stations
(eNodeBs), mobile terminals (UEs) and network management systems. It
allows for a large number of elements to be instantiated simultaneously,
and models a heterogeneous network (HetNet) comprised of a mix of cells
with different transmit powers.
vSON enables seamles co-simulation capabilities, whereby real base
stations or other network elements can interact with other simulated
elements. The software platform is compatible with AirHop's eSON
software but features a plug-in ready platform architecture with APIs to
allow evaluation and comparison of SON implementations and features from
In addition, distributed or centralized SON architectures can be
evaluated using vSON. For example, direct comparisons of each
architecture could be carried out to compare processing latencies, MIPS
consumption and backhaul throughputs. This allows carriers not only to
decide which SON features to deploy, but also the architecture in which
to deploy them.
"We received very positive feedback from operators during the early
stages of vSON development," said Yan Hui, co-founder and CEO of AirHop.
"The vSON platform is the culmination of AirHop's years of SON
experience and will go a long way in mitigating the costs and operator
risks related to small cells."
AirHop is currently offering vSON consultation to mobile operators, who
will be able to replace simulated network elements in their software
platform with real network data and see how AirHop's SON technology can
improve the operator's network performance, as well as optimize
About AirHop's eSONTM
AirHop's advanced RAN Intelligence solutions manage interference and
optimize system capacity in multi-cell and multiple network
configurations. AirHop's eSON™ software suite provides real-time
optimization of available radio resources via multi-cell coordination to
effectively provide coverage, capacity and quality of service (QoS) for
each cell and individual user. This is especially critical in HetNet
deployments where a large number of unplanned small cells can exist
within a macro-cell.
About AirHop Communications
Founded in 2007, AirHop provides advanced RAN intelligence critical to
the next wave of the mobile Internet. AirHop's eSON products are the
first to completely address the installation, operation and performance
challenges of multi-layer, small cell deployments. AirHop is privately
held and based in San Diego, CA (News - Alert). More information: www.airhopcomm.com.
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