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Cisco Universal Small Cell 5416 Data Sheet

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The Cisco® Universal Small Cell (USC) 5416 is part of the Cisco Small Cell Solution, an end-to-end platform that integrates third-generation (3G), Long Term Evolution (LTE), and carrier-grade Wi-Fi with self-optimizing network (SON) technologies and backhaul for an efficient and secure heterogeneous network (HetNet). The Cisco USC Series provides the right access point for every environment, from the home to the enterprise to high-density urban environments such as venues (Figure 1). The Cisco USC 5416 is designed to operate in the enterprise environment.

Figure 1. Cisco Universal Small Cell Series

The Cisco USC 5416 (Figure 2) takes advantage of the flexible, modular design of the Cisco Aironet® 3700 Series and is part of the end-to-end Cisco Small Cell Solution. The Cisco USC 5416 offers mobile operators an LTE licensed radio network extension that can be rapidly deployed on the footprint of the award-winning Cisco Aironet 3700 Series Wi-Fi access point, creating a new platform for mobile broadband services.

Figure 2. Cisco USC 5416 for the Cisco Aironet 3700 Series

Ease of Management

Low-cost scalability, maintenance, and new service delivery are provided by the Cisco USC CloudBase™ lifecycle management system that is dedicated to small cell deployments. The result is a compelling combination of flexible capacity and coverage with a low total cost of ownership (TCO), allowing large volumes of Cisco Universal Small Cells to be deployed quickly and easily.

Self-Organizing Network

The Cisco USC Series features ActiveSON, an intelligent and automatic method for improving the installation and performance of a grid of cells in a location. Using peer-to-peer discovery and signaling, cells are able to discover each other, set key parameters, such as neighbor lists, and dynamically adjust their configuration as the environment changes.

Cisco Quantum SON is fully integrated with the Cisco Universal Small Cell portfolio to efficiently integrate the small cells into the macro network and create a truly heterogeneous multivendor, multitechnology Radio Access Network (RAN). With SON built into every Cisco USC access point, orchestrated and delivered at the network layer through Quantum SON, Cisco SON provides resilient, automatic operation, with self-installation, self-optimization, and self-healing, even in shared-frequency, indoor environments. These capabilities help reduce operating expenses (OpEx) and improve quality of experience.

Modular Flexibility and Efficiency

Three key challenges face mobile operators interested in deploying licensed small cells: where to install them, how to power them, and how to backhaul the traffic. Cisco solves these problems with innovation. Building on the Cisco Aironet heritage of robust, award-winning Wi-Fi access point design, the Cisco Aironet 3700 Series delivers exceptional flexibility with its modular configuration. The Cisco USC 5416 is the first LTE licensed radio module to take advantage of this flexibility by delivering a fully integrated, high-performance, low-cost LTE small cell.

The Cisco USC 5416 is a field-upgradeable module and contains a dedicated LTE small cell base station that can efficiently deliver mobile services indoors while offloading traffic from the outdoor macro network. This approach not only improves the mobile user experience, but it also reduces costs by eliminating the need for dedicated macro base station sites, reducing the need to acquire new small cell real estate and decreasing the backhaul infrastructure required to support small cell deployments.

Together, the Cisco Aironet 3700 Series access point and the Cisco USC 5416 allow operators to provide state-of- the-art Wi-Fi infrastructure that supports both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, along with a modern LTE base station infrastructure at the same site. The Cisco USC 5416 will be available first in Band 4 (2100 MHz DL, 1700 UL) for the Americas, with other bands being developed for subsequent delivery, for example, for Band 3 (1800 MHz) and Band 7 (2600 MHz).

This modular Cisco design offers the following benefits.

Reduced network costs and operations: By integrating the Cisco USC 5416 into the Cisco Aironet 3700 Series, customers can replace up to two separate access points and their separate functions with a single, multipurpose Cisco Aironet 3700 Series access point.

Reduced capital expenditures: A single Ethernet connection (cable and port) from a wired network to deploy a licensed radio can be reused, which lowers the capital expenditure (CapEx) that would be required if two separate cable runs were needed. By integrating all these features into a single access point, customers also simplify the day-to-day management and monitoring of their wireless infrastructure and network with a greatly reduced number of access points. The Cisco USC 5416 appears as a new device in the existing management infrastructure, reducing support costs.

Easier installation and power up with zero-touch configuration: Fewer steps are required to allow the Cisco USC 5416 to run in a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) environment. This approach can quickly provide LTE coverage to end users. The Cisco USC 5416 is simply inserted and secured in any Cisco Aironet 3700 Series access point. When the access point is powered, the module is initialized, configured, and authorized in real time by the operator and can immediately begin LTE voice, data, and messaging services.

Secure, carrier-grade LTE base station technology: The Cisco USC 5416 provides the technology equivalent to an in-building mini cell tower. The device is highly secure on the air link from the module to the user, as well as on the Ethernet-based wired link. It is fully managed by the mobile operator and provides LTE signals inside the building for voice, data, and messaging services for up to 16 simultaneous users within a coverage area of approximately 7000 square feet (800 square meters).

Standards-based technology: The Cisco USC 5416 operates as a Home eNode B (HeNB) in the standard Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) architecture for small cells and is connected to the network using the specified S1 interface. This architecture provides a rapid-deployment model for the operator reusing an existing HeNB/eNB network infrastructure.

Additional Cisco USC 5416 LTE Benefits

Superior indoor signal strength and capacity: The Cisco USC 5416 significantly increases signal strength throughout a building or site, resulting in excellent signal quality, as well as consistent connectivity with high-capacity call handling.

High data speeds for an enhanced multimedia experience: By providing a tailored local base station, operators can support data throughput on mobile devices at speeds that outpace what is available from the macro network in the poor signal conditions typically found indoors.

Self-optimization based on back-end network intelligence: This intelligent self-optimization helps operators manage millions of devices easily, so they do not cause interference with neighboring infrastructure devices such as other Cisco USC 5416 modules, residential and enterprise small cells, picocells, and macrocell towers.

Simplicity and convenience: Subscribers can use their existing mobile phones and applications, and standards-based, zero-touch provisioning allows end users to install the module quickly and easily.

New enterprise services: The module supports next-generation services such as enterprise voice over LTE (VoLTE) services.

With the Cisco USC 5416, the host Cisco Aironet 3700 Series access point can continue its Wi-Fi services in parallel with the LTE base station. Cisco Service Provider Wi-Fi is a proven solution that scales to support exponential traffic growth from millions of users, delivers a transparent mobility experience for the end user, and is built on open standards, including Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint.


Table 1 lists features of the Cisco USC 5416.

Table 1. Features

Base Station Features


3GPP Release 8/9 support for LTE

Support for standard-based LTE handsets and dongles, including a wide range of global smartphone handsets, such as Apple iPhones, Android devices, Blackberry, Microsoft Windows Phone, and handsets and dongles from a wide range of global suppliers, including HTC, Samsung, Apple, RIM, Nokia, and Motorola

Wideband Adaptive Multi-Rate (WB-AMR) Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support

High-definition voice calling on mobile devices using global mobile standards

Circuit-Switched Fallback (CSFB) Support

Support for a voice call falling back to 3G when VoLTE is not supported

75 Mbps (nominal)

Packet data support for high-speed Internet and intranet communications using packet data upload and download

Multimedia service support

Support capabilities that include video calls, audio and video streaming, and sending public warning broadcasts

Emergency call support

Support for E911, 112, 999, and other national and international standards for emergency voice call services

Adaptive power output

Power output matched to the coverage needs inside a building


Support for S1 and X2-based user mobility between small cells and between small cells and the macro network

Timing support

High-stability oscillator and network timing interface that allow the Cisco USC 5416 to successfully interwork with local macro networks

Network listen

Automatic radio environment monitoring of the licensed spectrum bands, running continuously during operation to provide real-time monitoring of the surrounding 3G and LTE networks and allow the Cisco USC 5416 to automatically adapt to environment changes


Zero-touch mechanism that can use open standards to pull a data model containing instrumentation and configuration data from network autoconfiguration servers (or the network autoconfiguration servers can push a data model to the Cisco USC 5416)

Module Features


Form factor

Internal antenna option that provides a neat fit in the recess of the installed Cisco Aironet 3700 access point and maintains an aesthetic appearance

Cisco accessory compatibility

Support for the popular Type 2 mounting clip in most circumstances
Support for the Type 1 mounting clip when attached to a flexible surface
Compatible with existing secure mounting solutions for the Cisco Aironet 3700 Series access point

Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+)

Operation within the spare power budget of the Cisco Aironet 3700 when PoE+ (IEEE 802.3at) is applied to an input Ethernet port

Rapid installation

Addition of the unit to the Cisco Aironet 3700 in less than 10 minutes, requiring no additional cable runs and operating on the existing footprint

Part of the Cisco Service Provider Wi-Fi infrastructure

Cisco Prime Network Control System (NCS) identification of the Cisco Aironet 3700 with the module installed, as well as automatic configuration for service provider operation

Product Specifications

The Cisco USC 5416 is available for sale to service providers that have LTE technology and spectrum assets in the LTE Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz).

Table 2 lists the detailed product specifications and part numbers for the Cisco USC 5416.

Table 2. Product Specifications and Part Numbers



Part numbers

Cisco USC 5416: Indoor environments with integrated module antennas
(part codes are dependent on deployment location)

For Band 4 deployments, typically in the Americas: USC5416-4L-K9


Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 7.6 or later
Cisco Universal Small Cell Software Release 6.0 or later
Cisco Small Cell Solution Release 4.0 or later

Supported wireless LAN controllers

Refer to the latest data sheet for Cisco Aironet 3700 Series

Frequencies supported

3GPP Band 4

BS Receive 1710-1755 MHz
BS Transmit 2110-2155 MHz

UARFCN supported

3GPP Band 4

Uplink 1312 to 1513
Downlink 1537 to 1738

Bandwidth supported

5, 10 or 20 MHz, in accordance with 3GPP Standards for LTE Release 8/9

User count

16 simultaneously active users with an average of 3 DRBs each

Radio resource connected (RRC) Active sessions


3GPP standards

3GPP Release 8/9

3GPP standard Interfaces

S1 in accordance with 3GPP TS 36.413 Release 8/9

Data radio bearers (DRBs) supported

Signaling Radio Bearer (SRB)

Standard SRB0, SRB1 and SRB2

96 DRBs (pooled: maximum 8 per user; average 3 per user)

Receiver sensitivity

-114 dBm

LTE RF noise figure

8 dB


Safety in accordance with EN IEC60950-1 and UL/CSA 60950
EMC Exposure in accordance with EN62311
Meets 3GPP 36.141
RF regulations (Compliance currently pending approvals in 2H2014)
CE Mark for USC5416-3L-K9 and USC5416-7L-K9
FCC Part 15B Class B, Part 22 and Part 24 for USC5416-4L-K9


Connected through Cisco Aironet 3700 Series access point connector that provides Ethernet, conditioned power supply, and module-to-host communications

Power consumption

6W for the Cisco USC 5416

Power draw

3700i and 3700e with the Cisco USC 5416 requiring full PoE+ (25.5W) at the egress switch port and a cable run of less than 300 ft (100m)


1 lb (less than 500 g)


8.46 x 2.5 x 1.97 in. (21.48 x 6.35 x 5 cm)

System Requirements

Table 3 lists the system requirements needed for successful deployment of the Cisco USC 5416.

Table 3. System Requirements

Host access point

Cisco Aironet 3700 Series

Cisco USC 5030


Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller

Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller

Power options

Power Ethernet Plus (PoEP) is required

IEEE 802.3at PoE+ 25.5W delivered from the Ethernet switch, such as the Cisco Catalyst 4500 4600 E-Series/4700 E-series/Classic line cards
Cisco 3700 Series Power Injector (AIR-PWRINJ4=)
Cisco 3700 Series local power supply (AIR-PWR-B=)


Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 7.6 or later
Cisco Universal Small Cell Software Release 6.0 or later
Cisco Small Cell Solution Release 4.0 or later


Cisco Universal Small Cell Software Version 6.0 or later (R-USC54-BL16-K9 or R-USC54-BL16-K9=) is required for successful operation of the Cisco USC 5416. The Cisco USC 5416 software is licensed by Cisco only to service providers and others that have rights and authority to deploy and radiate in the licensed spectrum bands.


The Cisco USC 5416 includes a one-year limited hardware warranty with a 30-day return for repair. More detailed warranty information is available on at the Product Warranties page.

Cisco Small Cell Services

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We help service providers mitigate risk, accelerate time to market for new revenue-generating services, lower total cost of ownership, maximize the value of investments, and improve the customer experience through service assurance. The Cisco Services team delivers comprehensive support across the service provider’s entire network lifecycle. Through a lifecycle approach to services, Cisco has developed consistent and proven methodologies to help service providers successfully design and deliver new service offerings. These services are customized to an operator’s needs and are delivered through an extensive global support infrastructure, which includes the award- winning Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC), Cisco Services resources, Cisco Centers of Excellence, small cell interoperability testing (IOT) and system verification test (SVT) labs, and ecosystem partners.

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