After comprehensive hands-on evaluation, leading independent test center declares Ericsson’s IP transport solution meets performance claims. Key operator needs tested including advanced timing for LTE, performance monitoring and robust operation. Tests span entire mobile or converged operator IP transport network.

Ericsson today announced the completion of a comprehensive independent test of the Evolved IP Network solution, featuring an IP transport test network truly representative of mobile or converged operators’ requirements, from base station to connectivity with external networks. The tests highlight the advantages of a solution with a true end-to-end scope, featuring Ericsson IP routers and microwave transport products throughout. The standards-based solution is designed, integrated and verified using Ericsson’s extensive understanding of operator, subscriber, application and device requirements.

The testing was undertaken primarily at Ericsson labs in Stockholm, Sweden, and conducted by European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) test engineers. As Martin Ottosson, Head of IP Network Solutions, Ericsson Business Unit Networks explains: "We chose EANTC because of their reputation for independently validating network products and solutions. We value their expertise and objectivity, and recognize the industry perspective and assurance their reports provide for operators. We see EANTC testing as a key validation of our solution development, and were confident to expose the Evolved IP Network solution to rigorous examination."

The comprehensive testing matched the extensive scope and scale of Evolved IP Network, and was completely up to date, reflecting current and future operator needs such as time and phase-based synchronization for LTE radio access, and an Evolved Packet Core.

When Ericsson first contacted EANTC, it was agreed that the testing should focus on areas highest on a service provider’s list of concerns: transport diversity, high availability, service scalability and clock synchronization. As Carsten Rossenhövel, Managing Director EANTC commented: "The test configuration was necessarily complex since it involved emulating a great number of services and complete network topologies to match the Ericsson deployment blue print. We used start-of-the-art test equipment to emulate eight densely populated aggregation areas, and measure clock accuracy and stability. The solution met Ericsson’s claims in terms of performance, standards-based phase and frequency clock distribution, robustness and management."

The equipment used in the tests comprised many elements of Ericsson’s IP router and microwave transport portfolios, the IP Operating System (IPOS), and comprehensive Ericsson mobile infrastructure including multi-standard radio base stations. The test network included the two highest capacity Smart Services Routers (SSR 8020 and SSR 8010), to comfortably handle traffic and subscriber scale, and access routers (SP 415 and SP 420) designed for use in multi-access (2G, 3G, 4G) operator networks of any size. Traffic was injected into the network using ‘live’ mobile devices and network traffic generation and emulation. Ericsson demonstrated in-service performance monitoring and analysis tools capable of providing IP performance data out to, and including, radio base stations.

The results were very positive and can be read in EANTC’s report using the link provided below. EANTC’s Carsten Rossenhövel summarized the findings as follows: "The tests really showed that Ericsson has a solution to any type of connectivity and network requirement, including microwave transport equipment capable of providing IP/MPLS services all the way to the base station. We were impressed by the level of integration of all the EIN solution components."

Notes to editors

EANTC testing report can be found at the EANTC website (link shown below) and Ericsson website under .

The announcement on the Ericsson Evolved IP Network solution can also be found on Ericsson website under Press Release.

About EANTC

The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) offers vendor-neutral consultancy and test facilities for network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprise customers. Primary business areas include interoperability, conformance, and performance testing for Carrier Ethernet, IP/MPLS, and Triple Play technologies and applications.

About Ericsson Evolved IP Network solution

The Evolved IP Network solution is fully IP-based, and fulfils converged and mobile operators’ IP transport needs from base stations and fixed access nodes through access routers and the transport network all the way to the Evolved Packet Core and Broadband Network Gateway for mobile and residential broadband services. EIN also fulfils all IP connectivity requirements for service-aware policy control, IMS, network management, performance management and voice over LTE. The solution is scalable, and fully capable of meeting the demands of The Network Society in terms of number of connected devices, traffic demands and service sophistication.

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