ADC (NASDAQ:ADCT) has tapped Aricent to supply the packet core technologies behind its ever-increasing line of WiMax base stations. Rather than develop a hardware-based access service network (ASN) gateway from scratch, ADC is choosing to partner, either allowing carriers to hang its micro-cell or pico-cell architecture off of another vendor’s packet core or packaging the ASN as a software component in its radio base stations, as is the case with Aricent’s Access Service Node platform.
“Aricent’s ASN software will help reduce the overall cost of WiMAX deployments and we believe that our partnership with ADC will drive a wider range of users to adopt WiMAX networks,” said Rakesh Vij, Aricent assistant vice president. Aricent and ADC said using software rather than a dedicated ASN supplied by Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) or WiChorus could save a carrier as much as 40% over a hardware based solution.
While Motorola (NYSE:MOT), Samsung and Alvarion (NASDAQ:ALVR) focus on large-scale macro deployments, ADC has honed in on small-scale solutions, supplying micro-and pico-cells that can be used to fill in coverage holes or blanket hot zones and distributed antenna systems designed to tackle indoor coverage.