While high speed mobile internet is fundamentally changing people’s lives, there are still more than 50% of the world’s population who don’t have internet access. They are typically located very rural areas or developing countries which means it’s not often economically profitable and technically feasible to provide service. Baicells shares the vision to connect the unconnected and creatively re-shape the whole LTE 4G ecosystem to be available for those people who are lacking internet services.
The traditional LTE solution requires a large centralized EPC, dramatically increasing the initial investment for fixed wireless operators. Old fashioned base stations are large and heavy, resulting in bigger footprints and expensive installations.
High Backhaul Cost
The standard LTE architecture is constructed with a centralized EPC, which needs to route traffic to a centralized node and then to the internet. This results in high backhaul costs since this requires exceptional bandwidth and superb transmission quality.
Traditional LTE systems are complex due to requirements established by mobile operators, which are unnecessary in fixed wireless scenarios. This adds an additional technical challenge for WISP teams.
Lack of Value added services
To remain competitive in the market and seize high-value enterprise customers, operators must seamlessly migrate customers while supporting the network’s L2 and L3 modes of intranet operations. However, L2 VPN functions cannot be solely supported by LTE, making it difficult for WISPs to connect enterprise customers.
Baicells has developed B2B solutions to help mobile operators and Wireless ISPs grow in rural areas.
Compact Base Station
Baicells base stations are built around an “all-in-one-box” design to make installations as easy as possible. The system is constructed to be plug-and-play, making LTE as easy to install as possible while maintaining 3GPP standards in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.
The NMS is able to monitor, control, and modify all the network elements, including the core network, eNB and CPE. Signal tracing allows for quick trouble shooting to improve maintenance and decrease OPEX.
Various Backhaul Solutions
UE Relay Backhaul: Baicells innovatively utilized the LTE CPE as wireless backhaul to solve the problem of base station transmission to Core Network.
Satellite Backhaul: Baicells solution can be integrated with Satellite Transmissions, which are utilized in scenarios of small bandwidth and high latency, such as isolated islands.
Distributed Core and Gateway
The software defined network can deployed on any x86 servers, with the options of installing it on BTS, the cloud, or hosting it on servers. This software can be upgraded, thereby future-proofing the technology.
Radio Access Network can be shared by multiple operators or ISPs, with multiple PLMN ID’s being broadcast by a single eNB. This sharing of infrastructure can further shorten the ROI periods for operators.
Hybrid Solar Power System
Baicells hybrid solar power system allows operators to get power to sites even in the most remote locations. The Solar Power System can be deployed singly or serve multiple devices. This eliminates the need for diesel generators and the related expenses for fuel, all while minimizing the operators carbon footprint.
HaloB – Distributed core network for CAPEX and OPEX saving
The centralized EPC is replaced by HaloB, a distributed EPC which is embedded in each eNB. This guarantees reliability with a distributed control plan and greatly reduces the backhaul requirements with local traffic breakout.
Airlink began using Baicells equipment early in 2016 and immediately saw the benefit of using LTE over Wi-Fi. Due to the reliability, low-cost and NLOS capabilities of Baicells gear, Airlink continues to connect and impress customers that would otherwise be impossible to reach.
Celerity Telecom in Ontario needed a wireless solution that could penetrate the dense tree coverage of rural Canada. They began deploying Baicells LTE, solved the problem, and found that the equipment’s ease of deployment and competitive price point made it easy to expand their network to cover customers they previously believed to be unreachable.
EBTX Wireless, a new startup in Texas, was searching for a solution that would be able to provide the surrounding rural areas with wireless internet due to the fact that existing providers were invested in other technologies. Ultimately, they chose Baicells for its excellent customer service and ability to connect those “impossible to connect” customers.
River Valley Internet in Pennsylvania was looking for a solution that could penetrate through various foliage obstructions, but found that many other LTE vendors were just too expensive to deploy. Tired of failing customers, River Valley Internet started installing Baicells equipment and ultimately noted a positive ROI in areas where Baicells equipment was deployed.