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June 09, 2015 03:00 ET

Nex-Tech Wireless Uses Airvana OneCell to Deliver LTE in Packed Coliseum

Airvana C-RAN Small Cell Replaces DAS, Delivers Unparalleled Performance

CHELMSFORD, MA--(Marketwired - June 09, 2015) - Airvana, a leader in small cell solutions, today announced that Nex-Tech Wireless has commercially deployed its OneCell Cloud RAN (C-RAN) small cell system in the 7,600-seat Gross Coliseum at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kansas. During the university graduation ceremonies on May 15, 2015 the OneCell system delivered exceptional LTE performance throughout the entire coliseum. OneCell's ground-breaking C-RAN architecture eliminates cell border interference and handovers to ensure the best possible wireless experience.

OneCell C-RAN operates over standard Ethernet switches and cabling to deliver LTE in large venues at substantially lower cost than traditional distributed antenna systems (DAS). Nex-Tech Wireless, a mobile network operator in the west-central U.S., selected OneCell to meet the growing wireless needs of FHSU, which has an enrollment of 13,825 students.

Graduation ceremonies at FHSU's Gross Coliseum presented a demanding environment for a wireless system. Such events are characterized by heavy use of mobile devices for messaging, photo and video sharing. The OneCell system proved itself equal to the task, delivering impressive performance statistics:

  • Peak 66 Mbps download speeds achieved consistently throughout the coliseum (in a 10 MHz LTE channel)
  • 99.7% connection setup success rate
  • 0.5% connection drop rate
  • 100% macro handover success rate

"As a small operator, we compete by using technology to provide superior service at competitive prices," said Nathan Sutter, director of network operations and engineering, Nex-Tech Wireless. "Gross Coliseum's installed DAS no longer met our capacity and performance requirements. OneCell provided superior performance at a much more attractive cost than upgrading the DAS. The entire qualification process, from first lab tests to live commercial use took just nine weeks. As a demanding use case, the graduation event exceeded our expectations and validated for us the advantages of this technology."

Since it was first announced in June 2014, OneCell has received wide industry recognition including being selected by mobile operator CTOs worldwide for the Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology CTO's Choice award at the 2015 Mobile World Congress. In a recent study, independent analyst firm Real Wireless concluded that OneCell can provide the same or better service as DAS for up to 71% lower cost.

"Nex-Tech Wireless's practice of leveraging technology innovation is a perfect match for proving the value of OneCell," said Rod Gatehouse, vice president of marketing and product management, Airvana. "This deployment validates our C-RAN approach and OneCell's commercial readiness, even in the most demanding of environments."

Mr. Sutter will present "Case Study: How Cloud RAN Small Cells Conquered a Stadium" on Wednesday June 10 at 11:40AM at the Small Cells World Summit industry conference in London.

About Airvana
Airvana enables mobile operators to deliver dramatically better service to subscribers in the most challenging and high-value environments: offices, public venues, and in the home. The company's award-winning 4G LTE and 3G small cell solutions ensure "five bar" voice coverage, superior data performance, and expanded capacity for wireless services. Independent research firms consistently rank Airvana among the small cell market share leaders. Headquartered in Chelmsford, Mass., USA, Airvana is a founding member of the Small Cell Forum and has 15 years of experience providing commercial wireless equipment to over 90 operators globally. For more information, visit www.airvana.com.

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