MicroTCA Architectures for In-building Wireless Networks

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  • Author: Dr Paul Moakes

Increasing data usage and the expectation of broadband access everywhere is driving new thinking in the design of in-building radio coverage. Building owners are also recognising an opportunity for new revenue streams through the services they can provide by installing private networks.

These two drivers lead to the combined requirements of the adoption of mobile edge computing (MEC) to improve local user experience, and in-building small cell architectures which support densification and improve coverage. This article discusses the current network challenges and shows how PICMG MicroTCA-based modular architectures can be well placed to take advantage of the new markets