DoCoMo to develop high-capacity base stations built with advanced C-RAN architecture for its next-generation LTE-A mobile system.

NTT DoCoMo will begin developing high-capacity base stations built with advanced C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) architecture for DoCoMo’s coming next-generation LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) mobile system. Advanced C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) architecture, a brand new concept proposed by DoCoMo, will enable small add-on cells for localized coverage to cooperate with macro cells that provide wider area coverage. This will be achieved with carrier aggregation technology, one of the main LTE-Advanced technologies standardized by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The small add-on cells will significantly increase throughput and system capacity while maintaining mobility performance provided by the macro cell.

Docomo_C-RAN architecture
High-capacity base stations utilizing advanced C-RAN architecture will serve as master base stations both for multiple macro cells covering broad areas and for add-on cells in smaller, high-traffic areas. The base stations will accommodate up to 48 macro and add-on cells at launch and even more later. Carrier aggregation will be supported for cells served by the same base station, enabling the flexible deployment of add-on cells. In addition, maximum downlink throughput will be extendible to 3Gbps, as specified by 3GPP standards. The new architecture will enable quick, efficient deployment of base stations, especially in high-traffic areas such as train stations and large commercial facilities, for significantly improved data capacity and throughput.

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