What is Narrowband and
Wideband Interference?

NBI (narrowband interference) and WBI (wideband interference) refers to the source of the interference, and whether its bandwidth (or spectral width) is narrow or wide. NBI is characterized by relatively high interference power levels concentrated at specific frequencies, while WBI is characterized by lower power levels spread out over a frequency range.

Both types may originate from other mobile networks (co/adjacent channel interference) or from non-cellular sources. Overall signal strength (RSSI) may be high, but the undesirable noise and interference causes a poor signal quality (low SINR).

Common Sources of NBI and WBI

TV broadcast towers

Radar installations

Other mobile networks operating on an adjacent channel

At a country’s border, foreign mobile networks operating on the same channel (co-channel interference)

Repeaters and bi-directional amplifiers

Electric motors, power supplies, digital signage and other unshielded electrical/electronic products

Case Study

Impaired Site Returned To Normal

The Problem

A high RSSI but poor base station KPIs alerted the mobile network operator. The ensuing investigation revealed a -93 dBm interferer from a communications tower.

The Solution

ISCO’s SpectrumInsight ProTools profiled this interferer and Dynamic Spectrum Recovery cancelled the interference.

The Outcome

-2.4dBm RSSI level

+17% Data Throughput

Data Accessibility &

Voice Accessibility &

Benefits of ISCO’s Dynamic Spectrum Recovery

Plug and Play
Our AI-based algorithms are self-learning, and hence do not require complex configuration nor detailed information on the source of the interference.

Interference levels can be dynamic and vary throughout the day or week. Dynamic Spectrum Recovery automatically adapts to the real-time status of the network and the interferer to provide the required interference cancellation.

Tracking down and eliminating the interferer is a resource intensive task. Uncooperative interferers create delays in resolution. And sometimes, it is just not possible to shut down the source of interference. Dynamic Spectrum Recovery can be deployed on a temporary or permanent basis, and the results are immediate.

How it Works

Dynamic, adaptive interference cancellation for NBI and WBI requires sophisticated algorithms incorporating continuous feedback. These are not simple notch filtering or phase cancellation techniques, but patent-pending detection and cancellation methods developed by ISCO based on decades of experience working with mobile network operators.

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