There is growing demand for
private broadband cellular networks from governments, defence, military
and search and rescue organizations, institutions involved in public
safety and disaster relief, and industries with remote and distributed
facilities, such as oil and gas exploration.
These organizations are specifying systems that work with commercial
networks and equipment, so they can lower costs by using standard
devices (smart phones, tablets) and existing infrastructure to access
their private networks.
The concept of a network-in-a-box (NIB) based on the 4G LTE or 3G
wireless standard has emerged as a viable solution. This would allow
private network owners to use commercially-available devices and SIM
cards and leverage the industry-wide knowledge of these kinds of
networks for set-up and modification.
The Evolved Packet Core (EPC) of a NIB can communicate with the EPC of
commercial networks, providing access to roaming, voice and data
services with users outside the private network.
N.A.T. has developed a Network in a Box System for Massive MIMO (MMIMO)
networks and scalable phased antenna arrays, including multi-antenna
transmission remote radio heads (RRH), that provides RF to baseband
processing functionality in a compact, flexible system.
The NIB solution consists of the NAMC-SDR and NAMC-ODSP modules, which
can be integrated into a range of N.A.T. system enclosures to provide a
complete BTS infrastructure solution in-a-box.
It supports standard and proprietary wave forms, standard and custom
firmware, is simple to configure and supports the OpenAir Interface
software stack. It is ideal for a wide range of applications, including
search and rescue and lawful intercept.