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Summary:

Eden Rock’s self-optimizing network (SON) technology recognizes where the demand is highest and the coverage is most sketchy in the mobile network. It can then start growing and shrinking cells to fix those problems.

T-Mobile US has tapped Eden Rock Communications, a Seattle-area wireless networking startup, to add some self-awareness to its networks. Eden Rock has loaded its self-organizing network (SON) software into T-Mobile’s wireless infrastructure, allowing it to reconfigure itself as network demand and traffic patterns change.

For instance, if Eden Rock’s Eden-Net system finds that users start massing on a regular basis in a certain part of the network — if, say, a new park opens up — it can start boosting power and tilting antennas on the towers nearby, growing and shrinking cells to increase the capacity or expand the coverage available. The result: fewer dropped calls and stronger data links.

If the technology sounds familiar to Gigaom readers, it’s because we’ve written extensively about a similar company called Intucell, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2012 for $475 million. Intucell technology is in AT&T’s network, optimizing its HSPA cells.

  1. Bheema Prakash Adkasthala Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    This is cool! But the question is how quickly and dynamically can it optimize? Can it detect the call load during peak hours( people leaving work etc.) and immediately bump up the power in real time or it is analytics based decision happening after sometime?

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    1. Kevin Fitchard Tuesday, June 24, 2014

      Hi Bheema,

      I get the impression it’s the latter for now, though Eden Rock does have a dynamic SON module that can react to changes in real-time.

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