Symmetricom Introduces Small Cells Category to SyncWorld® Ecosystem Program

Alcatel-Lucent, Broadcom, Cavium, Contela, CS Corporation, Mindspeed, Node-H, Qualcomm Atheros, and Rakon partner with Symmetricom to support the Small Cells Ecosystem Category

Symmetricom(R), Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precision time and frequency technologies, today introduced the launch of a new small cells-focused category within its SyncWorld(R) Ecosystem Program. Developed to support the integration with Symmetricom’s SCr/SCe NTP/ PTP and sGPS SoftClocks and interoperability between Symmetricom Grandmaster clocks and other small cells solutions, the category aims to facilitate validated deployments of timing and synchronization with various small cells products in 3G and 4G/LTE architectures. Current partners in the program include leading small cell players Alcatel-Lucent, Broadcom, Cavium, Contela, CS Corporation, Mindspeed, Node-H, Qualcomm Atheros, and Rakon.

Small cells are a key component of 3G and 4G architectures as they add capacity to the mobile network and allow service providers the maximum leverage of scarce spectrum resources. Successful HetNet deployments require small cells to synchronize seamlessly with the macro base stations irrespective of backhaul type. Also, small cell design cycles need to be short to meet the fast evolving market needs. SyncWorld brings together all players in the ecosystem including semiconductors, oscillators, software, test equipment and system vendors to drive cost effective and shortened design cycles by enabling architectural harmony and interoperability.

Analyst firm Infonetics forecasts the global small cell market to grow to $2.1 billion in 2016 as small cells have emerged as a key solution to deliver increased network capacity. Symmetricom has delivered a number of solutions with partners along with the introduction of the industry’s first small cell synchronization solution, SCr/SCe NTP/ PTP and sGPS SoftClocks for residential and enterprise small cells. The small cells segment within the SyncWorld Ecosystem Program will ensure that interoperability needs are met as service providers accelerate their deployment plans.

“The small cells category represents leaders across the entire value chain,” said Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing and business development for Symmetricom. “Working together, SyncWorld small cell members will be able to give service providers a comprehensive, integrated and simplified solution that is interoperable and supports the specifications required to support 4G/LTE networks.”

The SyncWorld Ecosystem Program enables vendors to cooperate with the goal of providing complete solutions that interoperate with the most recognized timing and synchronization solution provider in the industry. Vendors that produce silicon, small cell access point, software and oscillators are invited to apply for the program online at

With solutions deployed globally in more than 150 networks, Symmetricom is committed to partnering with trusted end-to-end technology providers which deploy and maintain networks on behalf of operators.

About Symmetricom, Inc.

Symmetricom (NASDAQ:SYMM), a world leader in precise time solutions, sets the world’s standard for time. The company generates, distributes and applies precise time for the communications, aerospace/defense, IT infrastructure and metrology industries. Symmetricom’s customers, from communications service providers and network equipment manufacturers to governments and their suppliers worldwide, are able to build more reliable networks and systems by using the company’s advanced timing technologies, atomic clocks, services and solutions. All products support today’s precise timing standards, including GPS-based timing, IEEE 1588 (PTP), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Synchronous Ethernet and DOCSIS(R) timing. Symmetricom is the recipient of the following 2012 awards: Frost & Sullivan Global Technology Innovation Award, Best Carrier Ethernet Core Product at Carrier Ethernet World Congress  and GNSS Leadership Product Award. Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, visit:  or join the dialogue at

Partner Quotes:


“The OCTEON Fusion processor family, with its market leading performance, continues to gain momentum in the small cell market,” said YJ Kim, General Manager, Infrastructure Processor Group, Cavium.  “Cavium is pleased to bring a joint market-ready small cell IEEE 1588 precision timing solution to market with Symmetricom, and to join the Symmetricom SyncWorld Ecosystem.”


“Contela has had successful commercial experience with 3G/WCDMA small cell deployments and that has a lot to do with our leading small cell products that have integrated Symmetricom’s NTP Client software with packet-based synchronization solutions,” said Mr. Young-Kyu Kim, general manager of Contela. “The SCr/SCe NTP/ PTP and sGPS SoftClock from Symmetricom was selected for its quality to support Contela’s 3G and 4G offerings.”

CS Corporation

“Precise timing is an essential element of a successful small cell network deployment to support LTE networks,” said Dr. Hak-Yong Lee, CTO of CS Corporation. “As a top choice among software-based timing and frequency solutions in the industry, Symmetricom’s SCe SoftClock has helped validate our 4G/LTE Femtocell technology.”


“As the small cell market continues to grow and our market share increases, we continue to innovate our products,” commented Alan Taylor, director of product management of Mindspeed’s Wireless division. “By incorporating support for NTP, PTP and uniquely high-performance GPS into our chips, Mindspeed has removed another significant pain point for OEMs, demonstrating once again our technology lead in small cells.”

Qualcomm Atheros

“Being a part of the SyncWorld Ecosystem represents an opportunity to bring the combined expertise of Qualcomm Atheros and Symmetricom to the small cell market,” said Nick Karter, vice president of business development, Qualcomm Atheros. “We are pleased to collaborate with Symmetricom to deliver solutions that enable carriers to build the next generation of small cell networks.”


“Symmetricom and Rakon have built a strategic partnership to provide a timing and synchronisation solution for residential and enterprise small cells,” said Dr Sinan Altug, Rakon’s Global Business Development & Application Director. “The Symmetricom software has been optimised to provide the best performance with Rakon oscillators using Pluto and RTX-A TCXOs and Mercury IC based OCXOs depending on the small cell class; wireless technology; indoor and outdoor use; NTP or PTP etc. This proven combined solution enables network equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers to complete their small cell designs with lower risk and faster time to market.”

“The NTP/PTP software requires an extremely stable oscillator that maintains performance over temperature extremes and with low aging. Rakon’s oscillators meet these challenging demands and are mature products in volume production; ensuring low risk and a perfect fit with Symmetricom’s software solution.”

Contact Information

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San Jose, California , 95131

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