Cost considerations are the key decision-making criteria for planning backhaul networks. The success of mobile broadband calls for changes to radio access and backhaul network architectures. And technical adaptation is needed alongside the support of new business models.
The MSC-S Blade Cluster, the future-proof server part of Ericsson’s Mobile Softswitch solution, provides very high capacity, effortless scalability, and outstanding system availability. It also means lower OPEX per subscriber, and sets the stage for business-efficient network solutions.
Researchers have measured the performance of LTE in the field using different drive routes and radio channel environments. Among other things, they measured different bandwidths, different antenna configurations and layer-1, UDP and TCP throughput using two kinds of terminals.
Operators can employ machine-learning techniques to exploit user, network and traffic data assets to better understand their subscriber base and to analyze network traffic and media files. They may also apply these capabilities to boost services or to identify why users do not adopt them.
The authors describe the evolution of GPON and associated trends in the industry. They briefly introduce and compare current PON technologies and describe options for reach-extended GPON and next-generation access systems.
"This article presents some of the key features of the radio interface for LTE (long-term evolution), recently approved by 3GPP. LTE enables unprecedented performance in terms of peak data rates, delay, and spectrum efficiency. The authors discuss spectrum flexibility, multi-antenna technologies, scheduling, link adaptation, power control, and retransmission handling."
Ericsson’s Multimedia Communication Suite (MCS) is a horizontal business solution which gives network operators the platforms and mechanisms they need to create an end-user experience that simplifies the discovery of, access to, and usage of new network services, facilitating a much higher level of customization and integration of services with terminal capabilities while hiding the complexities of doing so from end-users.
Ericsson enables operators and media brands to pursue the vision of a multimedia marketplace where people and other internet entities can meet, collaborate, socialize, expose offers, trade, sell, buy, produce, and consume by means of multimedia services. Companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft might be leading the way, but there is yet plenty of room in this arena for many other players. Behind some of the new emerging marketplaces are enterprises consisting primarily of operators and media brands. Ericsson’s recent acquisitions of Drutt, LHS, and Tandberg combine with homegrown products, solutions, and delivery capacity to put Ericsson in a strong position to set up new internet multimedia marketplaces and offer a service delivery platform (SDP) that has what it takes going forward.
Greater emphasis in recent years on simplified network management is in line with other efforts in the wireless industry to streamline operations and reduce costs. Network management encompasses common operator tasks such as planning, dimensioning, deploying, configuring and optimizing a cellular network. The authors describe the rationale behind this trend and introduce Ericsson’s Smart Simplicity concept, which focuses on means of increasing automation in today’s increasingly complex networks in order to reduce operating expenses (OPEX). As an example of new automatic features, they describe an RBS deployment scenario that introduces cost-saving functions.