Content tagged with Backhaul
Nokia/AlcaLu: The Key Friction Points
Shades of Ray | 4/14/2015 | 4 comments
The potential merger of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent will throw a spotlight on some key decisions that need to be made, particularly related to the wireless portfolio, IP relationships and management of the combined company.
5G: Generation Gap
News Analysis | 4/10/2015 | 9 comments
The standards rivalry that drove the development of 3G and 4G technologies is missing from the 5G picture.
Why 5G Matters – Now!
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 4/9/2015 | 3 comments
5G is a technology to take mobile service providers beyond communication, into new modes of business, and now is the time to get with the program.
5G: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?
Que Sera Sarah | 4/1/2015 | 14 comments
It's 5G month at Light Reading, which means we're exploring everything from what 5G entails, what it means for the industry, its challenges, opportunities and progress across the globe.
Small Cell Backhaul Performance Assurance
Information Resources | 3/31/2015 |
Small Cells – Big Impact
There is no doubt we are attached to our mobile devices, to the point where they now outnumber the global human population. Mobile data will increase 1000-fold between 2014 and 2020, with users expecting service quality to keep in step. RF capacity has its limits, and is unable to keep up with demand unless a new radio access model emerges.
Mobile access networks are strained to maintain quality as more subscribers run bandwidth-intensive applications from a variety of devices. With the annual throughput of mobile traffic expected to increase from 58 Exabytes in 2013 to roughly 335 Exabytes by 2020, brute-force over-provisioning of bandwidth is no longer an economically feasible solution. Operators must implement strategies to meet growing quality of experience (QoE) expectations even in the face of finite spectrum.
Small cells are the answer to dramatic mobile traffic growth, but new challenges in the backhaul accompany them. Small cells allow operators to spatially share precious spectrum, operating inside the macro cell footprint and effectively bringing the network closer to the majority of users indoors and in highly dense urban areas. Unlicensed spectrum, including WiFi, also relieves licensed-band saturation, and small cells typically employ multiple technologies to scale their capacity.
The solution is as effective as it is necessary. Mobile operators will deploy 5 million small cells annually by 2017, where over half of mobile traffic will be carried by more than 62 million small cells worldwide. ABI Research forecasts 125% year-on-year growth of units shipped in roughly the same timeframe for a $3.6 billion market.
SkyLIGHT(TM) VCX Controller
Information Resources | 3/31/2015 |
SkyLIGHT™ VCX Controller is the industry’s first performance assurance controller employing Network Function Virtualization (NFV) to bring advanced monitoring capabilities network-wide, without the need for expensive, high-end test equipment.
This radically more efficient approach to network performance monitoring combines all the benefits of virtualization without compromising test speed or precision. By eliminating key cost, scalability, and coverage barriers to network performance visibility, service providers can now more cost-effectively ensure a better quality of experience (QoE) for users.
The VCX Controller works together with Accedian’s Nano smart SFP (optical transponder) and compact gigabit Ethernet Modules to deliver multi-flow traffic generation and ability to monitor the performance of thousands of flows. The Modules are easy to install and cost up to 90% less than existing solutions, enabling service providers to realize the significant capital and operational efficiencies promised by an NFV architecture, while their customers benefit from a fully assured network.
Designed to fit seamlessly into a service provider’s existing infrastructure and operational practices and procedures, the VCX Controller uses the same interfaces as Accedian standalone solutions to interoperate openly with standards-based network elements, management platforms, analytics platforms, and more.
The result combines centralized control with distributed firepower. This approach is unique in its scalability, and its ability to openly interface network-wide intelligence with existing infrastructure, management, and control platforms.
VoLTE Performance Assurance
Information Resources | 3/31/2015 |
As operators roll out VoLTE, QoS issues can quickly degrade, interrupt or prevent calls and roaming.
In a world where “5-bars” performance is expected anytime & anywhere, anything less impacts customer loyalty and revenue. VoLTE MOS & R-Value, Latency, delay variation, availability, and packet loss are just a few key metrics that must meet demanding specs for successful VoLTE services.
A real-time view of network performance lets operators respond quickly to QoS threats - and offer the best possible VoLTE experience to their customers.
T-Mobile Aims to Close Map Gap on Its Own
News Analysis | 3/30/2015 | 8 comments
T-Mobile is providing potential customers with its own coverage maps, including crowd-sourced subscriber data and third-party data to provide a more dynamic view of its network.
BT Backs G.fast for Backhaul
Shades of Ray | 3/25/2015 | 1 comment
British carrier really wants to sweat that copper plant and sees a real opportunity to use that asset for high-speed backhaul.
Cohere Technologies Raises $35M
News Wire Feed | 3/24/2015 | Post a comment
Cohere Technologies, which specializes in modulation techniques that unlock wireless network capacity, has raised $35 million in a C round of funding from investors including Australian operator Telstra.
BTE 2015 Is Bigger & Even Better
LRTV Documentaries | 2/25/2015 | 4 comments
This year's Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago is going to provide more opportunities than ever for networking, getting to grips with key industry challenges and opportunities and, equally as important, having some fun.
From The Founder
The Swedish vendor has undergone a significant transformation during the past few years, adjusting to the demands of next-generation communications companies.
Upcoming Live Events
May 5, 2015, Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
May 6, 2015, Georgia World Congress, Atlanta, GA
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
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September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
November 5, 2015, London, UK
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November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
Network Instruments, a JDSU division, shares results from its 2015 State of the Network, a global survey on security.
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Data Center Interconnect, or DCI, is one of the hottest sectors in telecom currently. Since coming back to Light Reading last year, prodigal-son style, I've ...
LR CEO and Founder Steve Saunders sits down with the head of Qosmos to talk about the changing state of the art in deep packet inspection technology, including its role in SDN and NFV architectures.
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