Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and AirHop Communications Team to Jointly Innovate on 4G Wireless Network Deployments
Groups create a showcase network of Taiwan’s 4G network evolution with AirHop’s patented and real-time self-organizing network (SON) technology
LONDON, June 9, 2015 – Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan and AirHop Communications today announced their collaboration on the evolution of Taiwan’s 4G wireless networks with AirHop’s award-winning eSONâ„¢ technologies.
A showcase network based on AirHop’s eSON software will be jointly designed and deployed to demonstrate and promote the benefits of Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) SON to all mobile network operators (MNOs) in Taiwan. The collaboration will also extend to advanced research in networking technologies to address the challenges of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).
While worldwide demand for wireless data continues to grow dramatically, industry and regulators are eagerly seeking approaches to bolster wireless network capacity including expansion in the amount of available spectrum for wireless services and increasing network density through HetNet deployments of macro cells, small cells and WiFi networks.
High density HetNet deployments face many challenges requiring automated network management, including deployment and configuration, interference and mobility management, and optimization for quality of service (QoS) and quality of user experience (QoE), just to name a few. Additionally, innovation in network-level technologies is critical to achieve the objective of 5G networks in terms of ultra-high data throughput, ultra-low latency, high QoS and QoE and scalability to manage billions of connected devices in the age of IoT.
ITRI and AirHop will jointly test and benchmark AirHop’s flagship eSON software platform with the goal of creating a recommendation of a state-of-art HetNet SON for MNOs across the country. In addition, ITRI aims to use eSON as the baseline for network technology innovation for 5G and IoT.
“AirHop’s eSON delivers HetNet management, automation and optimization for 4G commercial networks today and we are pleased to collaborate with them to advocate this solution to MNOs in the region,” stated Dr. Ching Feng Liang, manager and small cell project leader at ITRI. “Building on this strong foundation, we will also explore the possibility to leverage their platform and open interfaces as a critical element for 4G and 5G small cells.”
“ITRI is a leader in technology innovation and adoption in Taiwan and across Southeast Asia,” noted Yan Hui, founder and CEO of AirHop. “This collaboration is a strong endorsement of AirHop’s technology. ITRI’s substantial innovation experience combined with AirHop’s commercially adopted 4G HetNet SON technology provides great leadership for innovation in 4G and beyond.”
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is a nonprofit R&D organization engaging in applied research and technical services, aiming to innovate a better future. Founded in 1973, ITRI has been dedicated to helping industries stay competitive and sustainable. Over the years, ITRI has nurtured more than 260 companies, including well-known global semiconductor leaders such as TSMC and UMC. Meanwhile, it has cultivated over 140 CEOs in the local high-tech industry. ITRI has played a vital role in Taiwan’s economic growth as it shifted from a labor-intensive industry into a value-added, technology-driven one. The institute continues as a pioneer for industries by strengthening its capabilities of multidisciplinary innovation and cooperation with international partners all over the world. For more information, please visit www.itri.org.tw.
About AirHop’s eSON
AirHop’s advanced intelligence SON solutions dynamically manage interference and optimize system capacity in multi-cell and multi-tier network configurations. AirHop’s eSON combines multi-tier coordinated real-time SON optimization of available radio resources with traditional SON automation to provide operators a complete HetNet solution. In addition, eSON offers a carrier-grade UIX, an intelligent broad aperture analytics platform and support for both centralized and fully distributed deployment architectures. eSON empowers operators to maximize the value of their deployed assets, and reduce network-operating costs through effective optimization of coverage, capacity, and quality of service (QoS) for users.
About AirHop Communications
AirHop is a leader in self organizing network (SON) solutions for dynamic source optimization and QoS/QoE management of heterogeneous wireless networks. AirHop is the first company to combine real-time SON features with traditional SON functionality. AirHop’s eSONâ„¢ technology offers a complete solution featuring a flexible deployment architecture, scalable software platform and algorithms, comprehensive APIs for multi-vendor support, and readiness to extend support into new technologies such as cloud-RAN and NFV. AirHop is privately held and based in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit www.airhopcomm.com.
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