Content tagged with Backhaul
SK Telecom: Small Cells Key to 5G
Que Sera Sarah | 5/18/2015 | 1 comment
Small cells, along with WiFi, SDN and NFV, will be crucial to the build out of 5G, two SK Telecom senior managers tell Light Reading in an extensive Q&A.
Q&A: SK Telecom Talks All Things 5G
Prime Reading | 5/15/2015 | 2 comments
Two senior managers of SK Telecom's 5G Tech Lab and Corporate R&D Center share their thoughts on what 5G will entail, how small cells, WiFi, SDN and NFV factor in and more.
Market Woes Drag Vendors Down
Morris Lore | 5/1/2015 | 3 comments
Amid lingering concern about Nokia's all-stock bid for Alcatel-Lucent, shares in Western vendors have taken a pounding after some disappointing results.
Crown Castle to Pay $1B for Sunesys
News Wire Feed | 4/30/2015 | Post a comment
Acquisition expected to strengthen Crown Castle's position in small cell networks by more than doubling Crown Castle's fiber footprint available for small cell deployments.
Nokia Slumps on Networks Malaise
News Analysis | 4/30/2015 | 5 comments
Shares in the Finnish equipment maker fell sharply in early-hours trading after its main networks business floundered in the first quarter.
Lightower, Fibertech to Merge
News Wire Feed | 4/27/2015 | Post a comment
Fiber optic network providers Lightower and Fibertech are merging in a deal that creates a denser footprint in the highly populated Northeastern and Central US.
5G: Meet the Influencers
Prime Reading | 4/23/2015 | Post a comment
A primer on the numerous organizations – some standards-oriented, some regional and some research-oriented – that have formed to tackle deploying 5G networks by 2020.
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.
From The Founder
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) is not the easiest of topics to take on board, so here's a Light Reading infographic, developed following conversations with the folks at HP, that helps make sense of where NFV is taking the industry.
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With 200 customers in 60 countries, Stockholm-based Net Insight has carved out a solid leadership position in one of the hottest vertical markets going in comms right now: helping service providers and broadcasters deliver video and other multimedia traffic over IP networks. How has Net Insight managed to achieve this success in the face of immense competition from the industry giants?
My ongoing interview tour of the leading minds of the telecom industry recently took me to Richardson, Texas, where I met with Rod Naphan, CTO and SVP, Solutions, ...
I recently popped down to Texas to chat with CEO Eric L. Pratt about his company, Taqua.