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How to benefit while maintaining competitive advantage
Network sharing has obvious benefits. Why then have so few projects been successful? Although complex, the technical issues can be resolved. The real challenge is to make cooperation between competitors work. Taking a business-focused and structured approach will improve the chances of success.
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.
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.
LTE-SAE (Long-term evolution - system architecture evolution) systems promise unprecedented performance in new and existing frequency bands for 3GPP and 3GPP2 operators. The simplified and optimized architecture uses a minimum number of nodes in the user plane. In addition, new features have been introduced to simplify operation and maintenance. Ericsson's portfolio of base stations and core network products can be upgraded to LTE-SAE, and the company is developing a range of LTE base stations for new deployments. Furthermore, Ericsson's LTE mobile platforms are well positioned for different types of terminals and devices: broadband modules, fixed wireless terminals, and mobile terminals. This combination enables mobile broadband services to everyone, everywhere.
Ericsson's new, third release of WCDMA macro RBSs capitalizes on advances in technology to improve the architecture. The new design enables operators to double node capacity, increase coverage, simplify maintenance, and dramatically lower power consumption. The combined effect of these enhancements yields considerably lower CAPEX and OPEX in the radio access network.