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AirHop Announces Evolved Self-Organized Networking Solution for 4G/LTE Wireless Networks

First solution to overcome the installation, operation and performance problems
with dense, overlapping small cell deployments; available now for demonstration

SAN DIEGO –AirHop Communications, a developer of systems software that enables the
deployment of high performance and highly differentiated 4G wireless networks,
today announced eSON (evolved Self-Organized Networking), the first solution
that solves the installation, operation and performance challenges of dense,
small cell deployments for 4G/LTE networks.

The explosive adoption of video-enabled smart phones has created a tidal wave of
data traffic and exposed the capacity constraints of 3G networks, creating an
urgency to deploy higher-capacity 4G networks. In order to achieve the full
capacity promised by the standards, 4G networks will require a fundamentally
different topology, relying on a dense mix of smaller cells including,
microcells, picocells and femtocells. This approach will expose the network to
significant interference and frequency reuse issues and will make network
planning and operations much more complex and costly. Without new technology to
deal with these issues, 4G networks cannot live up to their promise.

“AirHop recognized early on that small cell footprints are needed to address the
capacity demands of 4G network deployment, and the result of this topological
approach would introduce massive complexity and network performance challenges,”
said Yan Hui, founder and CEO of AirHop Communications. “We believe that eSON
solves these critical problems and will play a vital role in the successful
deployment of 4G networks by enabling infrastructure vendors and carriers to
deliver differentiated networks and services cost-effectively and with

“Automation is critical to reducing the lifecycle cost and optimizing the
performance of mobile broadband networks,” said Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst,
Heavy Reading. “Operators deploying and evaluating LTE are very clear that
advanced SON features are core to enhancing the performance of multi-layer radio
access networks and are vital to the wider system architecture.”

“Operators will require 4G SON solutions to deal with the cost and complexity of
deploying LTE networks with smaller overlapping cells,” said Julien Grivolas,
Principal Analyst at market research and consultancy firm Ovum. “When defining
the LTE specification, OPEX reduction was a critical requirement from operators,
however this should not be done at the expense of system performance. SON
solutions will help operators achieve this balance.”

Thought leaders in the wireless industry, including AirHop, believe that
self-organized networking (SON) technology will be mandatory to automate
planning, installation and the initial configuration of basestations. While
current SON solutions stop there, AirHop`s patent-pending eSON technology
extends SON well beyond this initial set-up phase to include comprehensive,
distributed, real-time inter-cell coordination capabilities that allow
neighboring basestations to communicate with each other to dynamically manage
inter-cell interference, optimize frequency reuse, data throughput, and QoS
during the operation phase.

In addition to the capabilities for self-configuration promised by current SON
solutions, eSON also provides:

* Direct inter-node communication and coordination that establishes neighboring
basestation topology and inter-basestation communications via a unified
application-level software platform.
* Active real-time interference management based on coordination among the
neighboring cells.
* Enhanced Radio Resource Management (eRRM) based on distributed algorithms and
coordination among the cells. It optimizes frequency reuse, data throughput and
QoS performance across the neighboring cells.

AirHop`s eSON software is platform-independent and runs on top of standard 4G
protocol stacks. It can easily be integrated with LTE eNodeB or WiMAX
basestations for macrocells, microcells, picocells and femtocells from multiple

AirHop’s 4G eSON technology is available now for demonstration to customers and

About AirHop Communications, Inc.

Founded in 2007, AirHop provides system software to enable the efficient
delivery of services in 4G networks with self-organized networking, inter-cell
coordination, real-time interference management, and improved QoS technologies.
The company is privately-held and based in San Diego, CA. More information is at

AirHop Communications
Jerry Hall, +1 408-372-6718

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