Small cells, big challenges: A definitive guide to designing and deploying HetNets

12 Mar 2014

Heterogeneous networks (HetNets) evolve and expand the traditional approach by complementing existing macrocells with a layer of small cells using both 3G and LTE technology supplemented by carrier Wi-Fi. Sophisticated techniques are needed to manage the complexity and achieve high quality of service while maximizing efficient use of available spectrum.

The business case is strong — HetNets enhance the customer experience, improve retention, slash cost, and unlock new revenues —but adopting this new model is rife with challenge.

Orchestrating a seamless service using multiple equipment vendors, introducing new features, software upgrades and configuration parameters all involve some risk.

This paper takes an in-depth look at how operators can leverage the power of HetNets while minimizing the risk of the unknown. Inside, the wireless experts at Ixia explore HetNet market drivers and growth forecasts, business and technology benefits, deployment challenges. They provide a step-by-step approach of how to validate design and performance in the lab, both before and after deployment.

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