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Chronos’ partner Symmetricom introduces a new class of products for synchronising Small Cells & LTE Networks

Edge Master Clocks are optimised to deliver precise time at the edge of the network

25 February 2013, Microsemi Inc. has introduced a new portfolio of Edge Master Clocks specifically designed to support small cell deployments for 3G and 4G/LTE networks. The TimeProvider(R) 2700 and 2300 Edge Master Clocks are the industry's first offering of optimised synchronisation solutions that deliver precise time at the network edge, supporting small cell deployments, and improving mobile services experience for end-users.  

According to Cisco's new Visual Networking Index (VNI) for mobile traffic, global mobile traffic is projected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 66 percent for the next five years, doubling 13 times by 2017. In support of the growing demand for mobile data, major wireless carriers are deploying small cells to boost capacity and enhance coverage in metropolitan areas where people congregate such as sporting venues and shopping centres.

Mobile operators benefit from small cell deployments by delivering increased coverage and capacity to end-users while maximizing efficient use of scarce spectrum resources. Precise timing and synchronisation ensures delivery of increased network capacity and coverage, and is critical to the successful deployment of small cells.

"Small cells are necessary to increase capacity and coverage required by data hungry customers who continue to consume data as a part of their mobile lifestyles," said Dror Nemirovsky, Head of Packet Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks. "The Microsemi Edge Master Clocks complement the investment our customers have made in the TimeProvider 5000 and enable Nokia Siemens Networks to serve operator requirements for increased network performance as they deploy LTE."

The TimeProvider 2700 and 2300 Edge Master Clocks are IEEE 1588 (PTP) synchronisation solutions designed to meet the deployment requirements for small cells in current networks by locating a grandmaster at or near the edge, or by overlaying the network with advanced boundary clocks at specific locations. They enable carrier networks to support LTE-TDD and LTE-A stringent requirements for frequency and phase synchronization without having to replace existing equipment in the backhaul network. In frequency synchronized networks (LTE-FDD, as well as 2G/3G), Edge Master Clocks can be deployed to eliminate timing issues caused by the backhaul network and high packet delay (PDV) environments inherent in Carrier Ethernet networks.

The TimeProvider 2700 and 2300 Edge Master Clocks provide service reliability, deployment flexibility and unified manageability. Multi-sync capability ensures service continuity in the event of loss of one or more of the primary sync signals or the GNSS signal is compromised. The solution is also optimized for deployment in small to large networks with license options supporting between 8 and 64 base stations and/or small cells, allowing for network scalability. Microsemi clocks are managed by a cohesive management system TimePictra®which provides end-to-end visibility of the entire synchronisation network.

Service providers are able to extend the benefits of their existing investment in the industry's leading TimeProvider®5000 Grandmaster and TimePictra Management System with the TimeProvider 2700 and 2300 Edge Master Clocks. The TimeProvider 2700 and 2300 enable frequency and phase synchronisation at the network edge, which is critical to successful small cell deployments, and offers the industry's first end-to-end synchronisation solution for small cell and LTE networks.  

The Edge Master Clocks in the new portfolio are:

  • TimeProvider 2700 Edge Grandmaster Clock:
    • Primary reference time clock (PRTC) compliant with G.8272 performance requirements
    • Allows adoption of G.8275.2 partial on-path support
    • Flexible inputs: GPS / GLONASS, PTP, T1/E1, SyncE
    • Outputs: PTP, T1/E1, SyncE, 1PPS ToD
  • TimeProvider 2300 Edge Boundary Clock:
    • Partial on-path support compliant with G.8275.2
    • Eliminates need for GPS / GLONASS everywhere
    • Flexible inputs: PTP, T1/E1, SyncE
    • Outputs: PTP, T1/E1, SyncE, 1PPS ToD

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