& cplSiteName &

Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE

Sarah Thomas
7/25/2012
50%
50%

Lemko Corp. , a small company based outside of Chicago, came on the scene in 2002 with the simple plan of being the most all-American, least expensive mobile company.

Of course, that upset just about everyone. In 10 years, CEO Nicholas Labun says he's been kicked out of his fair share of meetings for pitching an approach that runs counter to how most operators run their networks with the help of the big (non-U.S. based, Labun points out) equipment vendors like Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Nokia Networks , Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Here's Lemko's pitch, summed up by its acronym DiMoWiNe, or Distributed Mobile Wireless Network: virtualize the network's Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and IMS functionality and push it to the edge. Essentially, remove the backhaul and do all the authentication, switching, routing and rating at the eNodeB, which is connected to the cloud as a Layer 7 app. (See Lemko to Show Off 'Backhaul-less' 4G at CTIA.) By the way, we had a good laugh at the acronym, too.

Jokes aside, Lemko is quite serious about DiMoWiNe's potential. "DiMoWiNe turns cellular into an app that jumps on the Internet right away," says Lemko COO Bohdan Pyskir.

The company has more than 500 commercial and military deployments, including some primarily rural wireless operators in areas like fishing towns in Alaska where there were previously no options for coverage -- and, Psikyer said, no motivation to provide coverage. (See Lemko deploys LTE network in Alaska, meets FCC deadline.)

But, now, the company is putting the hard press on the Tier 1 space. Labun says it has five-month trial underway with a Tier 1 Long Term Evolution (LTE) operator in Canada.

Light Reading Mobile paid a visit to Lemko's Schaumburg, Ill., headquarters for a deeper dive into DiMoWiNe. Click on the image below to launch a short slideshow of the trip.



Network savior or missed opportunity?
While the acronym is new, the concept of pushing intelligence to the edge is not. The big equipment vendors have talked about it too, but so far major operators haven't implemented it. Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown points out that some WiMax firms had the same idea, as did some specialist cellular players equipping cruise ships with coverage, for example. He expects the market will remain in specialized networks and applications for the foreseeable future.

But Lemko believes the technology can be valuable for the big guys in that it not only reduces operating expenses fivefold -- from $5 per gigabyte to $1 per gigabyte -- but also reduces wireless operators' need for more spectrum and their reliance on Wi-Fi offload.

"Wi-Fi is not natural to a carrier," Labun says. "There's no reason not to have a smarter base station on every corner."

Technology Business Research Inc. (TBR) analyst Ken Hyers believes the concept has merit. Backhaul is a big expense for operators, and one that's only growing as LTE networks consume more data. The fact that Lemko's architecture reduces spectrum use by processing data traffic at each node rather than through the central node and back to the central core would bring cost savings.

The issue, however, is that most wireless operators have already made major upgrades to their core to implement LTE. Convincing them to make another near-term investment in moving those functions to the edge will be a big hurdle for a small company like Lemko, the analyst says.

"Expenses are going to be a big factor in a decision like this, and operators right now are being cautious about their investments at the moment," Hyers wrote in an email to LR Mobile.

Even so, Lemko's hope is that the opex savings offset the initial investment. It is in talks with a number of Tier 1 operators, pitching the merits of its solution for LTE out the gate. Today the company also announced Wednesday that it has achieved interoperability for roaming between 700MHz LTE lower band class 12 and band class 17.

And, for its part, Lemko has its concerns about working with the big guys too. CEO Labun says the last thing he wants is to "go into their labs and die." Large carriers stick to large vendors, he admits, but he also believes rising data costs will force the change.

"It's a simple concept, but it's hard to prove it [at scale] as a small company ... but something has to change," Labun says. "We think it's the architecture."

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

(21)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
shygye75
50%
50%
shygye75,
User Rank: Light Sabre
12/5/2012 | 5:26:41 PM
re: Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE


Interesting that the "all-American" company has no problem running trials in Canada. Must be a slow news day.

joanengebretson
50%
50%
joanengebretson,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:26:30 PM
re: Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE


Lemko's approach could make sense for small carriers that can't afford the investment in the network core. The company will be competing with companies that enable carriers to outsource the entire core using a cloud approach. But Lemko's approach may be more economical for carriers that would entail high backhaul costs in connecting to the cloud.

paolo.franzoi
50%
50%
paolo.franzoi,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:26:30 PM
re: Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE


 


And I guess I am confused by "only American"....what about Tellabs (8600) and Motorola?


seven


 

shygye75
50%
50%
shygye75,
User Rank: Light Sabre
12/5/2012 | 5:26:30 PM
re: Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE


Which means exactly what in a global industry?

jggveth
50%
50%
jggveth,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:26:28 PM
re: Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE


Coca Cola is global.  Meth is American. 

Soupafly
50%
50%
Soupafly,
User Rank: Light Sabre
12/5/2012 | 5:26:26 PM
re: Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE


Am not sure if its your article tone, the quotes or just his persona but from the piece I can see why Lemko may have been thrown out of meetings. He doesnt come across as a very agreeable or personable character.


Strikes me that a MVNO who wanted to be really disruptive could use this tech. Why not cherry pick urban customers, deploy this tech and challenge for customers where density is highest & commoditised connectivity the cheapest? Geezus! how obvious is that...


From a sales & account strategy why would you target a carrier of size, who is suckling on the nipple of Ericsson, Alu, Huawei, etc, etc.... Do you really think you can win against them in a straight fight??


 

RBR
50%
50%
RBR,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:26:25 PM
re: Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE

Lemko’s targeting the cumbersome legacy backhaul architecture is savvy and potentially very disrupting; provided they also target the right customer (hat tip soupafly).  Delivering 100 Mbps of Internet access to a base station is far easier and cheaper then 100 M Carrier Ethernet back to designate NNIs.  Taken to its fullest, this approach frees any ISP to service the terrestrial offload with minimal operational maintenance by the carrier.  Combine this with a Micro, Mini and Femto approach, and it’s a new ball game…

MobileBroadband33
50%
50%
MobileBroadband33,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:26:25 PM
re: Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE


edwilley3,


Yes, it's the same company, where Motorola Solutions jointly announce settlement of all pending litigation. All claims in the then pending lawsuits have been dismissed with prejudice.


Yes, you better believe they are selling to the Military, and rightfully so. Lemko has a ground breaking solution that's farther ahead in the game than any other solution available at this time. This industry keeps trying to evolve to the next solution. We need more than that. Lemko is on the right path.


 

Pete Baldwin
50%
50%
Pete Baldwin,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:26:24 PM
re: Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE


I like the MVNO idea, Soup. That does seem appealing.


Separately: I've decided I'm going to pronounce "DiMoWiNe" as "dino-wino."


If only we worked in a physical newsroom. I'd be saying "dino-wino" all the time until the rest of the LR editors got sick of me.

justopinion
50%
50%
justopinion,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:26:23 PM
re: Lemko Pitches Backhaul-Free LTE


if you can't believe then you should click on:


http://www.bgr.com/2011/11/17/...

Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
From The Founder
Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Interviews
Cox Clears $2B in Business Revenue

12|8|16   |     |   (0) comments


Cox's Jeff Breaux discusses how the third-largest US MSO will reach the $2 billion revenue mark this year and plans to hit $3 billion by 2021
LRTV Interviews
Can Cable Climb Upmarket?

12|7|16   |     |   (0) comments


Carol Wilson and Alan Breznick assess cable's prospects for winning more enterprises in a landscape rocked by corporate M&A activity.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
TalkTalk Exec: Find Your North Star at Work

12|7|16   |   3:38   |   (1) comment


Women need to find their purpose, a professional North Star, and create a personal board for themselves, according to Alex Tempest, director of partners at TalkTalk Business.
LRTV Interviews
Verizon: Beware Unknown Unknowns

12|7|16   |   04:58   |   (0) comments


Chris Novak, director of the Verizon Enterprise Solutions Risk Team, explains that enterprises who don't conduct a thorough audit of their assets often leave some things unprotected because they don't know they exist. Many times these unprotected assets are part of corporate M&A activity but left unshielded they can become a hacker's playground, he tells Light ...
LRTV Interviews
ETSI's CTO Talks NFV, 5G & NGP

12|5|16   |   09:45   |   (0) comments


Adrian Scrase, CTO at standards body ETSI, talks about the various initiatives and specifications developments related to NFV, 5G and NGP (next-generation protocols) that will underpin next-gen networks.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Korn Ferry Consultant: How to Find, Cultivate & Be the Best Talent

11|30|16   |   4:10   |   (2) comments


Erin Callaghan, a managing consultant for Korn Ferry Futurestep, shares strategies for companies to improve how they recruit and for women to ensure they don't get lost in the pipeline.
LRTV Custom TV
We Can Make the World More Sustainable

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


GeSI is a global e-Sustainability Initiative organization bringing together 40 big multinational companies around the world. According to GeSI's report, information and communication technology can make the world more sustainable. Luis Neves, chairman of GeSI, shared with us his opinion at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
Finding a New Way to Engage Customers & Drive Revenue

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


Mobile revenues are declining. Digicel, a player in the Caribbean telecommunications/entertainment space, has found a new way to engage customers and drive revenue. John Quinn, CTO of Digicel, shared with us its story at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016)
LRTV Custom TV
Do You Really Need Gigabit Infrastructure?

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


Altibox is the biggest fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) player and the largest provider of video and TV in Norway. They started out with zero customers in 2002. Now they have close to half a million households and companies attached to their FTTH business. Nils Arne, CEO of Altibox shared with us their story and insight on 5G at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
BTís Openreach Strategy & Its Updates in 2016

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


A lot of developments at Openreach this year in terms of strategy and planned investments. Peter Bell, CIO of Openreach BT, shared with us the updates of Openreach at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
ITU: The Broadband Is Our Future

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


At Ultra-broadband Forum, Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of ITU, discussed how important it is for countries, companies and everybody to be working together to help to build the broadband and digital economies (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
Tackling 5G in Dallas

11|28|16   |     |   (0) comments


Here are our highlights of the 5G North America show in Dallas, Texas with Light Reading's Dan Jones.
Upcoming Live Events
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
Cable Nodes Becoming a Choke Point
Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading, 12/5/2016
WiCipedia: After-School Coding, Salary Probing & Pro-Parenthood Companies
Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 12/2/2016
Consolidated Snaps Up Fairpoint for $1.5B
Iain Morris, News Editor, 12/5/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Eyal Waldman, CEO of Mellanox Technologies, speaks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, for an exclusive interview about the 100 GB cable challenge, cybersecurity and much more.
Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Even when there's a strong pipeline of female talent in the comms industry, it tends to leak all the way to the top. McKinsey & Company says women experience pipeline leakage at three primary points: being unable to enter, being stuck in the middle or being locked out of the top. Each pipeline pain point presents its own challenges, but also opportunities to stop the leak. Wireless operator Sprint is making a conscious effort to improve its own pipeline from new recruits to the C-suite, and it wants the rest of the industry to do the same. In this Women in Comms radio show, WiC Board Member and Sprint Vice President of Enterprise Sales Nelly Pitocco will give us her take on the industry's pipeline challenges. Pitocco, who joined Sprint in May and has spent 20 years in the comms industry, will also offer solutions, share how Sprint is tackling the challenge within its own organization and take your questions live on air.