Macro Basestations

The radio access network is the most expensive component of a mobile network both from CAPEX and OPEX perspectives and has become one of the most critical components that can make or break a carrier’s business case. With carriers increasingly depending on their revenues from mobile data and with voice becoming a commodity, mobile network infrastructure needs to keep up with the pace of change. The carriers realize that they need more agile, reconfigurable, scalable, easy-to-deploy, and cost-effective equipment in order to meet next-generation service challenges.

Fundamental changes are occurring in the radio access network, from multistandard multimode basestations, tower and RAN sharing, and the need for RAN offload, to active antennas, remote radio heads, and the promise of baseband pooling and cloud RAN, which could lead to the complete re-engineering of networks going forward.