Distributed Networks (DNS)

Enabling Advanced Mobile Connectivity with ExteNet’s Distributed Networks

Exponential growth in the demand for mobile broadband, need for anytime-anywhere connectivity and the burgeoning number of smart connected devices - both smartphones and tablets - have manifested a radical change in the network deployment models and overall architecture of wireless networks.

Traditional cellular network architectures have limited capability to address the needs of today’s bandwidth intensive mobile users. Factor in the sheer number of smart connected devices in use today and the growth projected on a per-capita basis over the upcoming years, the bandwidth constraints on a Wireless Service Provider’s (WSP) network is bound to impact the mobile broadband experience for the users. Distributed networks offer a practical solution to the network densification needs of the WSPs who are serving the business and consumer users in a highly competitive service provider environment.

Distributed networks bring wireless network elements like low-powered antennas and wireless access points closer to the user to ensure a high quality network for the WSPs and a superior mobile broadband experience for their customers. Utilizing proven technologies like Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Small Cells, Remote Radio Heads (RRH), Wi-Fi and Distributed Evolved Packet Core (EPC), ExteNet enables WSPs, enterprises and venues to better serve their subscribers, customers, workers, residents, tenants and communities with advanced mobile connectivity.

Each of these aforementioned technologies utilize a distributed network architecture ensuring greater network coverage & reach, higher user-bandwidth and, as with the case of the Distributed EPC, an intelligent IP core network capability residing at the edge of the WSPs network. Cost-effective nodes or mini base stations insert additional radio capacity into the WSPs networks, thereby enhancing mobile connectivity both for coverage and capacity. Distributed network architectures typically leverage existing site locations and utilize a purpose built transport network to interconnect the sites with the broader network. Due to the versatility and scalability of such an approach, it lends itself to a facilities based business model often referred to as neutral host or open networks.

Outdoor distributed network nodes, technology aside, are typically placed on existing infrastructure such as utility/telephone poles, street lamps or traffic signal poles which provide a high density of potential sites where these deployments take place. The combination of possibly millions of potential sites and a highly available dense dark fiber network ensures a platform for scalable and high-bandwidth solutions for the evolution of mobile broadband networks.

Indoor distributed networks enable the discreet placement of antennas and nodes that help propagate wireless signals to ensure reliable, high bandwidth 3G and 4G LTE wireless service throughout a venue. With maintaining aesthetic attributes of a venue being a key concern, the combination of a distributed network topology and the utilization of smaller form-factor equipment lead to an enhanced value proposition for ExteNet’s customers.

Our wireless communications industry today is in the midst of some radical changes. However, some of the biggest and important advancements are around network deployment, network architecture and network deployment models. For example, WSPs and businesses are increasingly looking at distributed network architectures including DAS, RRH, Small Cells and Wi-Fi to ensure higher productivity, increased network performance and greater operational efficiencies.

Distributed networks can deliver on the ultimate promise for a WSP, enterprise and venue by delivering a superior mobile broadband experience for their users. A connected customer in today’s social media world can become the voice for any business.

Key Benefits of ExteNet’s Distributed Networks

Multi-carrier, Multi-technology support – a flexible, neutral-host approach ensures cost-effective utilization of resources and infrastructure to deliver network support to all technologies

Broadband Capacity - distributed networks target highly specific user populations, whose capacity can be more closely aligned with requirements, resulting in better utilization of radio resources

Ubiquitous Coverage - traditional cellular infrastructure sometimes does not address hard to reach outdoor locations or logistically difficult indoor venues

Minimal Interference - distributed networks have lower output power and radiation centers that are closer to the ground, meaning that they are less prone to interference

Spectrum Usage - the higher number of low-power transmission points on a distributed network enables better use of available frequency resources

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Distributed RAN
Small Cells
Mobile WiFi
Indoor Connectivity
Distributed EPC
Dark Fiber
Global Services