US regional operator Cellcom has deployed radio network optimization startup Vasona Networks' gear for improved mobile video performance and more.
The service provider, which operates in Michigan and Wisconsin, is using the Vasona Networks SmartAIR 1000 edge application controller and SmartVISION analytics console on its network. Cellcom Inc. claims that during periods of congestion, it gets "more than 30% improved bit rate performance for video and web browsing, and a 35% reduction in mobile service latency."
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company developed the "Edge Application Controller" server software that sits between the RAN and the core and allows carriers to allow "see" into the radio network and manage sessions at the cell.
The technology reduces congestion by providing different data types with different bit rates as needed. For instance, video needs a consistent bit rate to avoid jumpiness, whereas other applications may not. The SmartVISION console takes the data from SmartAIR controllers at the RAN, and allows operators to centrally analyze and manage it. (See Vasona Grabs $12M to Tackle Cell Congestion.)
Vasona was a Best Mobile Product finalist for this year's Leading Lights awards. (See Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Best New Product (Mobile).)
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading