Light Reading
The saturation of traditional voice services and increased demand for data services are driving an MBB boom around the world

IP RAN-Paving the Way to MBB

Light Reading
Huawei Press Releases
Light Reading
2/12/2013
50%
50%

The saturation of traditional voice services and increased demand for data services are driving an MBB boom around the world. MBB has become a new source of revenue for operators, thanks to the dramatic growth of mobile data traffic. As backhaul networks evolve to all IP, operators are looking to optimum and cost-effective ways of building and maintaining IP backhaul networks. Three MBB Challenges

  • How to acquire site resources at low costs? The evolution of air interface technologies decreases cell coverage radius, spurring a proliferation of cell sites for extending service coverage. Dense distribution of cell sites poses challenges such as site acquisition and availability of access media, especially within a radius of 20 m to 30 m. Other challenges include bandwidth capacity and clock synchronization.
  • How to lower the CAPEX for deploying varied backhaul networks? Traditional backhaul network deployment is specific to a particular service type or wireless standard. For example, three backhaul networks need to be separately deployed for GSM, UMTS, and LTE, involving varied interfaces (E1/T1, ATM, ETH) and technologies (microwave, SDH/PDH, PTN, router). This gives advantages such as service assurance, but impedes smooth network evolution and service innovation, incurring high CAPEX.
  • How to simplify network O&M? As cell sites proliferate, maintenance workload increases accordingly. Traditionally, IP networks are maintained through manual commands, which are cumbersome and error-prone. Troubleshooting is demanding and time consuming, requiring site visits by experts. Simplifying network O&M has become a major concern for operators. Building MBB with IP RAN Huawei's IP RAN solution offers any media access, any connection backhaul, and visualized IP network O&M, helping operators combat the preceding challenges.
  • Any media access, enabling multi-layered coverage at low costs Varied access media (copper/fiber/microwave), which provide different bandwidth capacities and transmission qualities, are leveraged to facilitate cell site access in different scenarios. This solution also supports multiple clock synchronization schemes over any media, GB-level bandwidth, and Wi-Fi offload to relieve the bandwidth pressure at hot spots. Tapping into the full potential of varied access resources reduces site acquisition costs.
  • Any connection backhaul, allowing smooth evolution for UMTS/HSPA/LTE Static SDH pipes are used for GSM backhaul. UMTS backhaul begins to adopt L3 features. Although UMTS backhaul supports IP-based dynamic routing, static routing is generally used, because cell sites are relatively fixed. The emergence of MBB requires frequent addition of cell sites to expand service coverage and network capacity. To reduce the number of network nodes and avoid the complexity of link adjustment, the aggregation layer needs to enable L3 and intermediate aggregation nodes (between L3-enabled and L2-enabled nodes) need to support both static and dynamic routing. LTE/LTE-A requires the extension of L3 to the access layer, to support local X2 handovers, improve access bandwidth efficiency for CoMP, and meet stringent latency requirements. With Huawei's versatile Any Connection platform, L3 can be enabled at any time as required on an IP backhaul network, facilitating smooth network evolution and protecting infrastructure investment.
  • Visualized IP network O&M, introducing simplicity and ease Huawei's IP RAN solution provides a unified NMS for visualized O&M of IP networks. The NMS supports the automatic discovery, IP address allocation, and remote upgrades for network nodes. This plug-and-play feature greatly reduces the labor costs for site commissioning. With E2E configuration, a service path can be easily configured within several minutes, cutting more than half of service provisioning time. Furthermore, the NMS supports hop-by-hop fault diagnosis and demarcation through GUIs, where physical/logical network topologies and service connections can be displayed. This saves troubleshooting time by more than 95%. According to Infonetics Research, the ratio of MBB subscribers to total mobile subscribers is expected to grow from 15% in 2011 to nearly 40% in 2016. Mobile networks are witnessing the upsurge of MBB traffic alongside the proliferation of new services and smart terminals. Grabbing this golden opportunity of revenue growth necessitates accelerated IP evolution of backhaul networks.
    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
    LRTV Interviews
    The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration

    11|21|14   |   04:29   |   (7) comments


    At the Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium, Heavy Reading senior analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how SDN has reshaped the discussion around packet and optical integration.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Highlights at BBWF 2014

    11|20|14   |   3:40   |   (1) comment


    Broadband World Forum is one of the world's largest telecoms, media and technology events with over 7,800 senior executives from across the globe converging on Amsterdam every year to identify the Next Big Thing. BBWF is an exciting place to meet the entire industry under one roof and identify the latest in network innovation, service optimization and customer ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    How Will BCMS Stimulate Margin for Broadband Operators?

    11|19|14   |   6:52   |   (0) comments


    In BBWF 2014, Liu Shuqing emphasizes the value of FMC 2.0 based full service experience by throwing light on the BCMS solution. The underlying principle of this innovative technique is to create network robustness and driving network from connection oriented to ACE – BAND oriented infrastructure, in which applications, cloud, and user experiences will be an asset ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    SingleFAN3.0: Better Connected Experience

    11|19|14   |   3:06   |   (1) comment


    At the BBWF 2014, David Hu, the VP of Huawei Access Network Product Line, talked about the future of access networks – SingleFAN3.0: faster broadband, wider coverage, and smarter connection.
    LRTV Interviews
    Basil Alwan Interview: The Road to Cloud

    11|19|14   |   09:09   |   (0) comments


    Alcatel-Lucent's head of IP and Transport talks about the migration towards a web-like networking environment, the impact of the cloud, SDN and NFV, and the yet-to-be-announced FP4 chip.
    LRTV Documentaries
    FairPoint Makes a Fair Point About Analytics

    11|19|14   |   1:56   |   (1) comment


    The US-based communication service provider gets to grips with advanced analytics, tackling data and breaking down the silos within its own business.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Analytics Lets C Spire Get to Know Subs

    11|19|14   |   3:01   |   (2) comments


    It's all about the data for US operator C Spire as it uses analytics to personalize its customer service down to individual subscribers.
    LRTV Interviews
    Nuage Branches Out With SDN: CEO Interview

    11|17|14   |   9:32   |   (0) comments


    Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent's SDN-focused unit Nuage Networks, talks about the opportunities and challenges of breaking out of the data center into wide-area networks.
    Light Reedy
    Telecom Analytics Grows Up

    11|14|14   |   1:15   |   (4) comments


    The big data analytics debate has moved on from a year ago, with some experts suggesting it's no longer a technology challenge.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Compass

    11|14|14   |   3:17   |   (1) comment


    At OpenStack Summit 2014, Shuo Yang, Huawei Principal Cloud Infrastructure Architect introduced Huawei Compass, the software tool for solving customers' problems on the journey of OpenStack Cloud.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Cloud Strategy in European Region

    11|14|14   |   2:56   |   (1) comment


    At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dr. Gotz, CTO of Huawei IT in European Region introduced Huawei's cloud strategy in European region.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Contribution on OpenStack

    11|14|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


    At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dennis Gu, Huawei Chief Architect of Cloud Computing introduced the relationship between OpenStack and cloud computing, and Huawei's contribution on OpenStack.
    Upcoming Live Events
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    February 12, 2015, Atlanta, GA
    April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
    May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
    Hot Topics
    Bell Labs Chief Slams 'Toy' Networks
    Robert Clark, 11/19/2014
    $38.3M: Ain't That a Kik in the SMS
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/20/2014
    Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
    Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 11/21/2014
    The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 11/21/2014
    Google, AT&T, BT Unite on Network Data Models
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 11/20/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed