NXP® and TTP - Making Light of Small Cell Deployment


Existing street lights serve as ideal platforms to address the challenges of deploying small cells in urban areas.


Operators face multiple physical and logistical challenges to deploy small cells efficiently in dense urban areas including: site acquisition, jurisdiction approval for sites, placement on existing street fixtures, small cell enclosure size/color/appearance, working with building owners for site, power, network connections and backhaul availability.


TTP's new eNodeB based on the QorIQ Qonverge® BSC9131 addresses these challenges. It fits into a photocell socket of a standard lamp post, providing the quickest possible installation without any modification to the lighting column or its power supply. The solution incorporates LTE Access Point software from ip.access and has been demonstrated with the Quortus ECX Core evolved packet core. It is targeted at 50 metre cells, supporting up to 32 active users at downlink rates of up to 100 Mbps.


The QorIQ Qonverge BSC9131 SoC creates a very small LTE cell that fits in an existing photocell socket of a lamppost. This solution offers the lowest possible installation costs with zero intrusion, while avoiding costly site acquisition and lengthy planning procedures. It is backhaul agnostic, supporting fiber, copper, PoE wireless P2P for further flexbility in various deployment environments.

The underlying processor technology from NXP is very sophisticated, but to the user, it's very simple," explains Tim Root, CTO and Co–Founder. "You just select where you want to go, click and you're there.

“The small cell for lamp posts is all about driving down total deployment cost. With this in mind, the cost effective QorIQ Qonverge BSC9131 SoC from NXP was a great choice for TTP's eNodeB prototype. The BSC9131 provides a cost effective processing platform which, combined with NXP's PHY/L1, delivers impressive performance for this application, targeted at 50 metre cells, supporting up to 32 active users at downlink rates of up to 100 Mbps.”

–Steve Baker, TTP

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