Intracom Telecom has announced the successfully completion of the live field trial of StreetNode, its SON (Self Organising Network) based Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP) platform, implemented by MTN’s South African operation.
The trial took place in Johannesburg and the aim was to evaluate the platform’s capabilities to provide high-quality and high-availability services to MTN’s enterprise customers. MTN was assessing ease of deployment and the capability of the platform. The StreetNode solution was tested in both lab environment and external network, and the platform’s software-defined operation allowed activation and reconfiguration in the field in Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP) mode.
While traditional PtMP technology only allows homing to a single base station, the trial proved that StreetNode automatically reconnects to alternative base stations in the event of the primary base station failing, thus re-establishing connectivity for subscribers rapidly. The trial also confirmed that non-technical telecom engineers could install and commission the StreetNode unit quickly and easily, even at night, assisted greatly by the unique auto-alignment feature of the platform.
Navindran Naidoo, CTO at MTN Group, said: “StreetNode demonstrated the same features as its traditional WIBAS PtMP platform, but StreetNode’s auto-alignment feature and capability to automatically reconnect to an alternative base station when needed, is certainly an advanced feature.”
John Tenidis, marketing director of Intracom Telecom's wireless solutions, said: “This was a great opportunity to supply our StreetNode to MTN and demonstrate our capabilities to continuously innovate and provide solutions to customers that are in need of differentiated services. We are pleased to work with MTN and look forward to further contributing to their critical projects with our products and services.”
The company has been active in the South African market since 2010 and has extensive experience in the design, implementation and support of PtMP networks in Africa.