Interest builds in Single RAN technology

Since Huawei's launch of the industry's first 3G/2G Software Defined Radio (SDR) SingleRAN product, industry leaders have been road-testing the technology and enjoying the benefits.

Huawei_SingleRAN1The aim, as far back as 2004 was to produce a 'Future oriented, cost-efficient, high value, single co-existent radio access network solution for operators worldwide.' In 2009, using technologies like CDMA, UMTS and GSM Huawei developed the 4th generation BTS which in turn led to the success of the entailed SingleRAN solution.

The simple idea behind SingleRAN is this: one small base station supports two or more technologies. Intelligent networking is supported by one operating system, power demands are reduced, TCO and human resources requirements are reduced, and efficiency is enhanced.

Faster and more reliable
SingleRAN  operates from the industry's highest efficiency power amplifier. Industy standard for power amplifiers are at 30 per cent and Huawei's SingleRAN runs at 45 per cent. More reliable services, fewer dropped calls and a faster introduction of new technologies with applications are all expected.
Since it's launch the general consensus is that the product promises to be an integral part of the future of the communication empire. Kumaresan Munisamy, Research analyst for Frost & Sullivan had this to say:

Huawei_SingleRAN2"Huawei Technologies has been in the forefront of the wireless equipment industry with cutting edge products and extended emphasis on R&D. These can be seen from some of the products that the firm introduced in 2008 in Asia Pacific, namely the SingleRAN technology, co-platform products and an emphasis on IP related solutions. The company prides in itself by offering products that are cost effective, future proof and in line with global wireless standards and technology platform. The Wireless Infrastructure Vendor of the Year Award is a testament to Huawei’s leadership in the region as an end-to-end vendor offering next-generation wireless services and solutions to its customers."

Indeed, the advantages of unification are certainly tangible. One operating system allows for centralised operation and maintenance of all technologies. This in turn provides a unified platform for network construction and combines 2G/3G network planning, performance evaluation and trouble-shooting, not to mention the associated advantages of on overall simplification of network architecture. Creating OPEX savings, reducing personnel needs, power demands and space requirements are bi-products of the unification process.

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