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Baicells incorporates 2G service options in its outdoor radio

Baicells incorporates 2G service options in its outdoor radio

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting



Baicells Technologies has announced the enhancement of its Nebula246, a proven, high-power outdoor radio that now offers cellular connectivity for supporting 2G user devices.

The low-cost, compact Nebula246 radio offers an attractive platform for mobile operators to continue supporting their legacy 2G customer base while offering them an attractive software upgrade path to 4G/LTE.

Despite regular headlines on the latest in 5G capabilities, many regional markets still rely heavily on 2G wireless services as their critical lifeline. These legacy connectivity services are used by large numbers of wireless subscribers and will need to be maintained until an eventual upgrade to next generation services is made.

Globally, 2G devices remain popular and in widespread use due to their broad availability and low-cost. As a result, service providers continue to balance the need for network upgrades to the next “G” against the need to continue offering a 2G wireless service that many of their wireless subscribers still expect. The Nebula246 offers a network solution with an attractive ROI by enabling operators to bridge the support of legacy 2G subscribers today while providing an attractive upgrade path when customers are ready tomorrow.

The Nebula is an all-in-one, easy to deploy platform that supports 40-W total power for extended coverage range. The functionality is based on the 3GPP R12 standards supporting GSM bands 3 (1800 MHz) and 8 (900 MHz) to user devices. It can also be used as a cost-effective platform for offering IoT connectivity.

The radio offers a TR-69 interface for integrating into existing management platforms allowing for a smooth introduction into an existing operating environment. Redundant BSC (Base Station Controller) configurations are supported to maintain a high service availability.

Longer term, the platform’s 2G subscriber capacity will continue to increase and with just a software upgrade, the ability to support 4G/LTE connectivity. The Nebula246 is an economic friendly 2G onramp to 4G services and beyond.

“Being a global organization, Baicells must provide platforms that meet a variety of market requirements while still providing an attractive ROI,” says Danny Duan, GM Baicells MEA Market. “Our ability to offer a compact, high-performance radio with 2G today and 4G tomorrow is very attractive for all kinds of service providers. Early interest in this platform has been extremely positive for us.”

Baicells has already started Nebula246 radio trials with select mobile operators in multiple countries across Africa. General Availability is scheduled for November 2023 and the product will be available for visitors to view at the annual AfricaCom show, in Cape Town, South Africa.

www.baicells.com

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