September 24, 2014 — A new model for software defined architectures is emerging that shows promise for areas too expensive for traditional build out. Rural areas have, traditionally, been difficult to connect. The reason is that the hardware and deployment of it just doesn’t warrant the ROI.
But that may change with a new technology referred to as a distributed core solution. It integrates SDN (software defined networking) and IP network architecture that enables an evolved packet core that can be centralized, distributed, or virtualized. This opens the door for 4G small cell deployments in areas where a macro site would not offer an acceptable return on investment and small cells would be the key component to this distributed architecture.
Ernest Worthman is the editor of AGL Small Cell Magazine