The Cisco® 3G Small Cell is a self-contained base station that can be quickly and easily deployed to enterprise locations and is part of the end-to-end Cisco Small Cell Solution. The 3G Small Cell delivers mobile operators a rapid deployment solution for their licensed radio network extensions.
The 3G Small Cell (Figure 1) is a dedicated 3G small cell base station that can efficiently deliver mobile services indoors while offloading the outdoor macro network. This not only allows for a better user experience of mobile network performance, but it also reduces costs by eliminating the need for dedicated macro base station sites and the Ethernet infrastructure required to provide voice and data coverage in Enterprise locations.
Figure 1. Cisco 3G Small Cell
Cisco 3G Small Cell Benefits
Building on the proven Cisco Small Cell Solution for the home, the Cisco 3G Small Cell generates a high-quality 3G signal inside small offices, shops, homes, and public spaces, using broadband backhaul for rapid deployment and low-cost operation. The 3G Small Cell delivers high-performance, low-cost 3G coverage indoors, while allowing customers to significantly reduce the infrastructure costs that would otherwise be required. It supports bidirectional handover with the macro network and operates in open access mode so all customers in the office or shop can get the benefits of improved coverage and fast data speeds.
The benefits of the Cisco 3G Small Cell include the following.
• Reduced network costs and operations: By using a self-contained small cell radio, mobile operators have the ability to quickly and easily deploy either with a desktop-mounted solution or a wall-mounted solution. This self-contained small cell base station can simultaneously support 16 users and provide up to 21 Mbps Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) data rates downstream and up to 5.76 Mbps HSPA data rates upstream.
• The capacity to install, power up, and go with zero-touch configuration: The 3G Small Cell is easy for the end-customer or technician to install and activate. There is no configuration required to enable the 3G Small Cell to run in a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) environment. This approach can quickly provide 3G coverage inside an enterprise. The 3G Small Cell is simply placed in the desired location, and when powered up the device is initialized, configured, and authorized in real time by the operator to immediately begin 3G voice, data, and messaging services.
• Secure, carrier-grade 3G base station technology: The 3G Small Cell provides the technology equivalent of an in-building mini cell tower. The device is secure on both the airlink from the radio to the user and on the Ethernet-based wired link. It is fully managed by the mobile operator and provides for 3G signals inside the building for voice, data, and messaging services for up to 16 simultaneous users within a coverage area of approximately 7000 sq ft (800 sq m).
• Standards-based technology: The 3G Small Cell operates as a HNB (Home Node B) in the standard 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) architecture for small cells and is connected to the network with the specified Iuh interface. This architecture provides a rapid deployment model for the operator reusing an existing HNB network infrastructure.
The Cisco 3G Small Cell offers these additional 3G benefits.
• Superior indoor signal strength and capacity: The 3G Small Cell significantly increases signal strength throughout a building or site, resulting in excellent voice quality and call clarity, and 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 speeds on mobile devices 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 helps operators easily manage millions of devices so they don't cause interference with neighboring infrastructure devices such as other 3G Small Cells, 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 "plug and play."
• New enterprise services: The 3G Small Cell supports next-generation services such as enterprise networking integration.
Cisco 3G Small Cell Features
The Cisco 3G Small Cell offers these key features.
• High-performance 3G voice and data
• Up to 16 simultaneous voice or data sessions with 32 simultaneous Radio Resource Control (RRC) connected users
• Open access and closed access support
• Service prioritized for 3G users
• Plug and play customer installation: quick, low-cost deployment
• Output power optimized for localized deployments: simplified cell planning
• Standard DC power supply: easy for customers to connect
Design and Function
• 3GPP Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standard air interface
• Adaptive multi-rate (AMR) voice quality
• Reselection and handover to and from the macro layer
• Reselection and handover between access points
• Intrafrequency, interfrequency, inter- Radio Access Technology (RAT)
• Automatic configuration and provisioning
• Front panel indicators that provide operational status and allow simplified troubleshooting
• Internal antenna, with receive diversity
• 10/100BASE-T WAN port for connection with broadband modem
Table 1 lists the detailed product specifications for the Cisco 3G Small Cell.
Physical connector: EIAJ-04 jack, compliant to EIAJ RC-5320A
Power: < 14.1W
AC voltage input range: 100-240 VAC
Frequency rating: 50 and 60 Hz
DC output voltage: 12V
DC output current: 2A
Must have self-recovering protection for over-voltage and over-current faults
DL: 1930-1990MHz; UL: 1850-1910MHz
DL: 869-894MHz; UL: 824-849MHz
Typical: -112 dBm; worst: -110 dBm (12k2 AMR)
Typical: -112 dBm, worst: -110 dBm (12k2 AMR)
Dimensions: W x H x D
7.2 x 8.8 x 1.75 in (18.3 x 22.5 x 4.45 cm)
1.5 lb (654 g)
Power: red and green
Initialization or temporarily out of service
One or more calls currently active
Sequence of two flashing lights
No calls can be received currently
Temporarily out of service
Single flashing light
No router connection
Sequence of two flashing lights
No Internet connection.
Sequence of three flashing lights
RF issue: Local interference or poor quality of service (QoS)
Sequence of four flashing lights
Sequence of five flashing lights
No SIM card detected.
Off - No power
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
5 to 90% condensing
23 to 113°F (-5 to 45°C)
5 to 95% condensing
-40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)
5 to 95% condensing
Table 2 lists the ordering information for the Cisco 3G Small Cell.
Table 2. Ordering Information
Cisco 3G Small Cell
Cisco 3G Small Cell, 250mW, 16UE, Band II/V, Closed/Open Access. No GPS with RTU licenses
Cisco Small Cell Services
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