Private networks based on MECSware’s Mobile Edge Cloud Server (MECS) and Sercomm’s Small Cell Base Stations are using proven LTE technology. LTE was originally designed for licensed spectrum, i.e. exclusive frequency bands, thus taking advantage of higher reliability due to less interference from other devices. In Germany, for example, 100 MHz of LTE spectrum (3700-3800 MHz) has been dedicated to local and regional private networks.
LTE comes with a higher radio link budget compared to WLAN. Large coverage areas can be supported more cost-efficiently since less LTE Base Stations than WLAN Access Points need to be installed and operated.
Private LTE is taking advantage of all essential features developed for public networks like seamless handover, robust security and scalability.
Within the MECS, the LTE Core Network functions (Evolved Packet Core – EPC) are integrated with the Access Network (Small Cell Base Stations) and the Applications. That means, the availability of the network will be increased, and high end-to-end latency caused by a long and uncontrollable data path will be avoided.
The Edge Cloud infrastructure, the MECS Cloud, provides computing resources and storage capacity to user applications, the MECS Apps, and connects them to the user devices on the shortest possible path. Installation of additional Application Servers, which may be expensive in harsh outdoor environments, can be avoided.
Using the highly-integrated MECS, a common infrastructure for any kind of mobile communication can be built cost efficiently with a single device.
With the MECS Dashboard, the complexity of the underlying elements is hidden and the whole network can be easily managed through a Web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI).
The architecture is future-proof and prepared for 5G as the next evolutionary step.
The Private LTE Starter Kit is also available on a rental basis.