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Building and Operating Profitable 3G and 4G Networks

Network Transformation

Continuing the discussion re. a panel of the above title at an RCR Local Boston event last month… I had earlier posted a summary of operator business model transformation issues that were discussed by the panel. Here’s a recap of a couple of the network transformation-oriented questions we discussed.


How prepared are carriers to handle the increased demands being placed on their networks?

On the Mobile/Evolved Packet Core network:
Mobile packet gateways with high throughput, transaction, and density support are needed to handle the increase in subscribers, the longer session times, and the higher bandwidth services consumed like video. The Cisco ASR 5000 utilizes a simple, flexible distributed architecture that allows operators to support multiple access technologies concurrently, e.g., 2G, 3G and 4G, subscriber mobility management, and call control capabilities, as well as integrated intelligent In-line Services with policy enforcement. The Cisco ASR 5000 has leading edge throughput, signaling and capacity, is the only product to support 3G mobile networks, and through software upgrades, supports 4G without forklift upgrades.


On the radio side:

In addition to higher spectral efficiency and lower latency of LTE, WiFi and Femtocell (microcells) will allow operators to offload traffic to help handle the ramp in demand. This will also prove cost effective for any low-value traffic and applications that operators identify as difficult to monetize.


How far are we seeing true 4G technology ready for deployment?

We are very, very close! The GSMA says that 64 mobile operators have committed to LTE with 22 of these in service by end of 2010, e.g., Verizon Wireless, China Mobile, TeliaSonera, NTT, Telenor, and several more like T-Mobile and ATT next year in 2011.

Got any other ideas about Network Transformation to add to above?

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The articles presented here are blog posts from members of our Service Provider Mobility community. Deborah Strickland is a Web and Social Media Program Manager at Cisco. Follow us on Twitter @CiscoSPMobility.