AirHop® achieves success at SON-focused Small Cell Plugfest in Europe

AirHop® achieves success at SON-focused Small Cell Plugfest in Europe


AirHop® achieves success at SON-focused Small Cell Plugfest in Europe

Company performed more than 250 total test cases including more than 160 SON tests with greater than 94% success rates


NAPLES, Italy – July 19, 2016 AirHop Communications is delighted to announce its successful participation in the fourth Small Cell LTE Plugfest organized by Small Cell Forum (SCF), in partnership with ETSI, from June 27 to July 08 in Naples, Italy. Taking place in the Telecom Italia/TIM’s specialist labs, the Plugfest enabled key players and suppliers in the small cell marketplace to test their products and solutions for interoperability and reliability in mixed vendor environments.

The two-week Plugfest provided the opportunity for remote testing as well as collaborative work in the TIM Labs.  The Plugfest had a special focus on the self-organizing network (SON) capabilities of small cells in a HetNet environment, as well as looking at other areas including traffic offloading, closed subscriber groups, and the impact of LTE-A aggregation.

The work AirHop has undertaken at the Plugfest builds on the experience of recent operator commercial deployments of its flagship eSON solution.  As an industry leader in HetNet SON, AirHop is leveraging the Plugfest to validate its multi-vendor and interoperability support.  Specifically, eSON was used by several small cell solution partners at the event, showcasing the multi-vendor support. The SON focused Plugfest also enabled AirHop to validate inter-vendor SON coordination with macro cells and other small cell SON vendors.

Specifically, AirHop and its small cell partners performed more than 250 total test cases including more that 160 SON specific tests which performed at 95% and 94.5% success rates, respectively.  The SON success rate was consistent across each of the Plugfest targeted SON features of automated Physical Cell Identity (PCI), Automated Neighbor Relations (ANR) and Mobility Robustness Optimization (MRO).

“Interoperability is the foundation of the small cell ecosystem,” said Alan Law, Chair, Small Cell Forum.  “That interoperability will be a major factor in the success of future Multi-x HetNet environments relying heavily on small cell infrastructure.  Our Plugfest program ensures our vendor and operator members continue to build and operate world-class interoperable infrastructure.”

“We are excited to participate in this first ever wireless industry event focused on SON interoperability.  The Plugfest implements the SON test cases that we helped to develop in the SCF based on our experiences in commercial deployments,” said Hanson On, VP Engineering for AirHop. “As the leading multi-vendor SON solution, several of our world class small cell partners employed eSON for the Plugfest demonstrating the maturity of SON interoperability to operators.”

About AirHop Communications

AirHop is a leader in self-organizing network (SON) solutions for dynamic resource optimization and QoS/QoE management of heterogeneous wireless networks. AirHop is the first company to combine real-time SON features with traditional SON functionality. AirHop’s eSON™ technology backed by a comprehensive portfolio of patents offers a complete solution featuring a flexible deployment architecture, scalable software platform and algorithms, comprehensive APIs for multi-vendor support, and readiness to extend support into new technologies such as cloud-RAN and NFV. AirHop is privately held and based in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit

About ETSI

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose more than 800 member companies and organizations, drawn from 66 countries, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.

About Small Cell Forum (SCF)

Small Cell Forum works to drive the wide-scale adoption of small cells and accelerate the delivery of integrated HetNets. We are not a standards organization but partner with organizations that inform and determine standards development. We are a carrier-led organization. This means our operator members establish requirements that drive the activities and outputs of our technical groups.

Today our members are driving solutions that include small cell/Wi-Fi integration, SON evolution, virtualization of the small cell layer, driving mass adoption via multi-operator neutral host, ensuring a common approach to service APIs to drive commercialisation and the integration of small cells into 5G standards evolution.

The SCF board includes Airspan Networks, AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, ip.access, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Reliance Jio, Softbank, SpiderCloud Wireless, Sprint and Vodafone.


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