Software Defined Radio, as an essential feature for radio base-stations has been adopted by most RAN infrastructure vendors to manufacture their Base Station equipment. With the proliferation of multiple RAN access standards – 2G/3G/4G and various flavors of technologies GERAN, UTRAN, WIMAX and LTE the need for cost savings and efficiency for a base-station holds true in a fast evolving ecosystem.
They go by many marketing names – Single RAN, Uni-BTS, Multi-RAN and Multi-standard Radio. But they all mean essentially the same thing – relatively simple upgrades that allow a single standard base station to support multiple technologies. The next few years will see a rapidly growing – although possibly short-lived – wave of such upgrades throughout both mature and developing markets. A single RAN with multi-standard base stations help an operator move quickly and cost-effectively between technologies and they can be used to support multiple radio technologies simultaneously from a singl..