NAPERVILLE, Ill., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tellabs is extending its mobile backhaul solution with new small cell aggregation and self-optimizing network ( SON) tools. The company is enhancing its optical and Ethernet capabilities to help customers succeed with the migration to LTE networks. Tellabs will demonstrate new SDN (software-defined networking) and SON capabilities for mobile backhaul at Mobile World Congress 2013. Tellabs' exhibit will be in Hall 6, Stand 6E10 at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, February 25-28. Demonstration: SON automates network operations Tellabs will demonstrate how smart tools make a big difference in small cell and macro cell deployments. SON automates routine tasks so operators can focus on the user experience and service differentiation to ensure optimized operating expenses. "As mobile operators roll out public access small cells, they will also need new generations of small cell optimized cell-site switches and routers," said Patrick Donegan, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading. "Leading backhaul solution vendors are evolving their portfolios to deliver these products with markedly reduced footprint, environmental hardening for outdoor deployment, as well as a rich feature set including security, synchronization and demarcation." Tellabs' small cell solution, including the Tellabs® 8602 Smart Router, enables an easy and cost-efficient way to deal with the capacity increases operators face today. The new small cell aggregator is equipped with SON capabilities to speed deployment. With SON deployment tools in a mobile backhaul network, technicians can easily and quickly plug in a small cell or macrocell backhaul device, which gets automatic device configurations and service connectivity from the Tellabs® 8000 Intelligent Network Manager (INM). After successful automated testing, the technician can use an iPad to sign off the deployment on site. Demonstration: SDN encourages innovation across the network Using SDN, mobile operators will be able to differentiate their services and speed new service introduction. Operators can innovate by writing and customizing service-level applications for the network to ensure fast time to market.