Launched February 2015 – XCellAir is solving the key challenges facing wireless operators as they strive to deliver the best possible mobile broadband experience.
Have you ever suffered a poor Wi-Fi experience whether at home or at your local coffee shop?
Have you noticed how bad your cell service can get indoors?
Were you an early LTE adopter only to find your data speeds are slowing now that all your friends have LTE too?
XCellAir helps the service providers solve these issues proactively – before you pick up the phone or switch operators.
By providing a system that self-optimizes Wi-Fi and cellular radios – especially important in congested environments like the coffee shop, dense neighborhoods or airport terminals. We enable the cost-effective deployment of millions of Wi-Fi or small cell base stations both indoors and out by automating provisioning and self-healing the network allowing operators to bring the signal closer to you – dramatically improving performance. We do all of this using best-in-class cloud technology providing massive scale at a fraction of the price.
In summary, XCellAir brings the intelligence, automation and scalability needed to take wireless service to the next-level.
Wi-Fi is a universal and inter-operable technology for wireless connectivity embedded in an ever growing number of devices. It is also a best-effort and fair-share solution designed to put a premium on offering services to as many devices as possible over QoE for a specific subscriber or service. This is where Carrier Wi-Fi comes in. Carrier Wi-Fi takes advantage of the ubiquitous adoption of Wi-Fi but adapts the technology to deliver a more cellular-like experience.
The adoption of Carrier Wi-Fi is happening now. Eighty percent of operators are planning to upgrade their WiFi assets to carrier-grade between 2015 and 2018. Additionally, this service is not just about hotspots and corridors of service in cities and municipalities, but is stretching into the home. A recent IHS report found that 66% of Wi-Fi in the home is provided by the internet service provider and this number will grow to more than 90% by 2019. However, today these services are largely unmanaged and cannot be monetized without improved QoE.
The Carrier Wi-Fi standards, whether specified by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), 3GPP, or CableLabs, do a great job of addressing key issues of mobility, seamless connectivity, roaming and authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) issues – but a gap remains with regards to radio resource optimization, automated operations and scalability.
As the adoption of LTE service increases so does the strain on the network. While LTE is designed to provide QoS at the service level the fact remains it uses a shared data channel – in simple terms the more users in a cell site the less bandwidth per user. This leaves Mobile Network Operators (MNO) with only a few options. They can buy more spectrum for billions of dollars or they can use the spectrum they have more efficiently while opportunistically taking advantage of unlicensed spectrum for a fraction of the cost.
Seems like an obvious choice – so what’s the catch? The licensing of spectrum and building of wide area networks is the known, proven and easier model. The alternative approach is new, complex and if not navigated well, can result in a net decrease in QoE. So while, in theory, deploying more cells means less users per cell resulting in more throughput per user, in practice it’s not that simple. In turn, Wi-Fi offloading is a strategy in full swing, but is effectively a band aid. Wi-Fi offload not only offloads the data but the customer experience.
In steps XCellAir, we automate the deployment and operations of a dense small cell network and actively mitigate potential interference via Self-Organizing Network (SON) techniques. Additionally, we apply the smarts and scalability from our Wi-Fi solution to enable the managed utilization of unlicensed spectrum in conjunction with LTE. Whether it be via a dedicated Wi-Fi network, multi-mode small cells or any of the emerging LTE plus unlicensed approaches (LTE-Unlicensed, LTE-Licensed Assisted Access, or LTE Wi-Fi Link Aggregation) XCellAir brings order to the chaos of the unlicensed world.