Thrust on Open Broadband Wireless Network and Applications

ASTRI has been developing LTE technologies since 2008 and has become one of the global leaders in LTE small cell and terminal baseband cores. Moving forward, ASTRI has initiated the cross domain R&D effort known as “Thrust” to best synergize our resources and strengths of difference research groups. The Thrust on “Open Broadband Wireless Network and Applications” is the first Thrust of ASTRI. It aims to enhance our core competence technologies in baseband, RF and software to provide LTE small cell infrastructure solutions while leveraging cross domain effort to develop technologies for innovative applications.

ASTRI’s Thrust on Open Broadband Wireless Network and Applications

Key Technologies

  • Self-organizing and Coordinated LTE Small Cell in Heterogeneous Network
    • Synchronization: GPS, Backhaul (IEEE 1588 v2), and sniffer/network listener
    • Self-configuration and optimization
    • Interference coordination
  • LTE-advanced Technologies
    • Carrier Aggregation, Machine-Type-Communications (MTC), and Device-to-Device (D2D) Communications
  • LTE Heterogeneous Network Planning and Interference Management
    • Co-channel interference management and millimeter wave for small cell backhaul
  • WiFi/LTE Converged Gateway
    • Traffic offloading and seamless handover
  • NFV/SDN enabled Evolved Packet Core (EPC)
    • Automatic network provisioning, scaling, healing and resource allocation
  • Smart City (solar street light control and monitoring)
  • Smart Home (home appliances control and monitoring)
  • Smart Transportation and Public Safety (e.g. LTE location tracking, surveillance video analytics, and real-time video quality enhancement)

Open Broadband Wireless Innovation Platform (WIP)

The WIP is an end-to-end mobile network platform by integrating the LTE technologies of ASTRI and 3rd party to provide a configurable network environment for system development, integration and verification. WIP comprises LTE indoor and outdoor small cells, WiFi/LTE converged gateway, EPC, and Network Management System (NMS).
WIP Key Features:
  • TDD/FDD, 20MHz bandwidth, 3GPP release 9, up to 8 UEs/small cell, DL/UL rate: ~100Mbps/25Mbps, and cell handover
  • LTE small cells Self-Organizing Network (SON) capability
  • EPC with embedded HSS and PCRF
  • Network management of EPC and LTE small cells (e.g. status and traffic monitoring and reporting)
  • Policy based WiFi/LTE traffic offload
  • AAS for remote radio coverage and static beam forming
  • Interoperability testing function (EPC, LTE small cell, and LTE UE)
Wireless Innovation Platform (WIP) – an end-to-end LTE indoor/outdoor small cell network
WIP application demonstrations