ZTE has launched what is claimed to be the industry’s first, next-generation TD-LTE multi-mode Pico base station at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. The new Pico base station is used to mitigate problems associated with rapidly increasing mobile service data requirements. It also provides comprehensive coverage and capacity offloading to supplement macro coverage. The base station can be deployed in hot spots, blind spots, cell-edge spots and indoors dependent on traffic. It is also compatible with Micro, Macro and Femto base stations.
In addition, the multi-mode Pico is based on ZTE’s leading SDR platform and supports LTE and WiFi simultaneously. Because of this, operators can configure Pico to work in WiFi to attract users at the initial stages of LTE construction, and later transfer them to TD-LTE/WiFi dual-mode as the LTE network matures. Moreover, the Pico can work in CPE mode and use TD-LTE as wireless backhaul while simultaneously working as a WiFi access point. The relay-assisted product also enables operators that lack wireline backhaul resources to efficiently develop their advanced heterogeneous LTE networks.
“The ZTE next-generation Pico is a unique base station that can be applied in various scenarios” said ZTE Vice President and General Manager of the TDD product line Scott Wang. “It reduces costs and provides wider coverage and higher throughput than other Pico products.”