Aricent, Contela and Mindspeed Announce VoLTE Integration for Small Cell
Voice-over-LTE Enables Enhanced Speech Quality, Longer Battery Life and
Improved Network Efficiency
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- December 13, 2012
Aricent, Contela and Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD) today
announced that they have integrated Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) into small cell
base stations. The new solution features the Mindspeed® Transcede® 3000
system-on-chip (SoC) in a Contela LTE small cell product, with
fully-integrated carrier-class software from both Mindspeed and Aricent that
meets 3GPP Release 9 “Home eNodeB” specifications, including support for self
organizing network (SON) features.
Traditional base station products have supported LTE data services only,
leaving voice to be carried by the legacy 3G network, most likely on a
macrocell. According to Informa Research, 98% of carriers agree that small
cells are essential to their LTE network rollout, which means that support for
voice will be a critical element. VoLTE is the preferred way to carry voice
calls over the all-IP LTE network, but only a few carriers have adopted it so
Most LTE deployments use legacy network technologies (Circuit Switched Fall
Back, or CSFB) for enabling voice connectivity, which has various drawbacks,
including low battery life and network inefficiencies. VoLTE voice calls can
have guaranteed bandwidth and quality of service (QoS) which enables “HD
voice,” using wider bandwidths and better quality codecs to delive clearer
calls than traditional cellular or even landline voice services.
“We have demonstrated our leadership position in carrier-class small cells in
both 3G and now LTE,” said Jang Ahn Kwon, vice president and CMO at Contela,
“But this industry is built on eco-systems and we could not have done it so
quickly without our partners at Mindspeed and Aricent. Operators around the
world are deploying carrier-class, public-access small cells as a fundamental
part of their networks, which started with HSPA and has become mainstream with
LTE. We are proud to have taken a step forward with this support for native
VoLTE in our products.”
“VoLTE is a highly important technology for wider deployment of LTE, and we
are pleased to have played a critical role in developing the VoLTE software
and enabling this service in collaboration with our partners,” said Pratyush
Dasgupta, vice president and head of wireless practice, at Aricent. “Aricent
is one of the leaders in developing LTE eNodeB software and we are constantly
investing in LTE and enhancing our solution by incorporating features such as
VoLTE and SON that help provide robust coverage and connectivity in a range of
"Without VoLTE a 4G small cell is only delivering a fraction of its true
potential, so we are pleased to enable this service," said Naser Adas, vice
president and general manager of the wireless business unit at Mindspeed.
"Once more we have demonstrated Mindspeed’s small cell SoC technology
leadership: working with partners to improve small cell technology, to deliver
better services for consumers and better economics for mobile operators."
About Mindspeed Technologies
Mindspeed Technologies (NASDAQ: MSPD) is a leading provider of network
infrastructure semiconductor solutions to the communications industry. The
company's low-power system-on-chip (SoC) products are helping to drive video,
voice and data applications in worldwide fiber-optic networks and enable
advanced processing for 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) mobile networks. The
company's high-performance analog products are used in a variety of optical,
enterprise, industrial and video transport systems. Mindspeed's products are
sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe.
To learn more, please visit www.mindspeed.com. Company news and updates are
also posted at www.twitter.com/mindspeed.
The Aricent Group is a global innovation and technology services company that
helps clients imagine, commercialize, and evolve products and services for the
connected world. Bringing together the communications technology expertise of
Aricent with the creative vision and user experience prowess of frog, the
Aricent Group provides a unique portfolio of innovation capabilities that
seamlessly combines consumer insights, strategy, design, software engineering,
and systems integration. The client base includes communications service
providers, equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors, device
makers, and many other Fortune 500 brands. The company’s investors are
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office, Delta
Partners, and The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.
For more information, please visit http://www.aricent.com.
Follow the Aricent Group on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/aricent.
Contela (www.contela.com) is a leading small cell company providing 3G and LTE
end-to-end small cell solution including Small Cell AP, Small Cell Gateway and
Management System for home, enterprise, rural and public deployment. Based on
the verified experiences of providing commercial services and products over
the years, Contela launched the world's first data-only small cell service
with its Data Small Cell in Korea successfully deployed by SK Telecom.
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