We are conducting a webinar on a Carrier Ethernet 2.0-Enabled Carrier Cloud Networks on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:00 AM PT / 10:00 AM ET.
Aricent recently hosted a webinar titled Next Generation Backhaul for Small Cells. The webinar provided Telecom Equipment Manufacturers with exhaustive insights into small cell backhaul requirements and a roadmap for how backhaul networking requirements will evolve to meet the unique demands of the public access small cell era. We discussed the architectures and features of various public access small cell backhaul technologies and identified the key considerations to arrive at the most optimal mix for different small cell backhaul requirements.
For service providers, focus has shifted to building and operating next-generation (NG) networks and services. But there remains the issue of legacy networks still accounting for a major share of operating costs. The bulk of services on legacy or TDM networks still require to be managed leading to a manifold increase in network size and complexity exacerbated by the ongoing conflict of business and investment priorities.
An elegant solution to mitigate risk, retain NG priorities, and optimize resources is to carve out legacy networks from the overall network and letting a Managed Services Provider partner manage them.
In the recently concluded LTE Asia event (18-19 September) in Singapore, one of the key discussion topics was how to improve network capacity to meet ever growing demand for mobile data usage. The discussions made it quite apparent that smartphones and tablets were putting a lot of pressure on operators to quickly increase their network capacity in high traffic zones and during peak hours.
The two much talked about technologies to overcome the capacity challenges were – Wi-Fi offloading and small cells. Wi-Fi being the older of the two attracts immediate attention. Operators across the globe are now increasingly deploying their own Wi-Fi hotspots or leveraging existing infrastructure of Wi-Fi/fixed broadband service providers to offload their data traffic. With the advancement of Wi-Fi technology, their offloading strategy is slowly evolving. Now, they are not only extensively using Wi-Fi offloading to reduce load on their network but also integrating it with their cellular (macro and small cell) networks for delivering better user experience and better traffic management. “Managed Wi-Fi improves coverage, capacity, and QoE offsetting backhaul costs. However, despite Wi-Fi ubiquity, it lacks control plane integration, seamless session control, telephony service integration, security, and regulatory compliance,” said John DePietro, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Benu Networks. The other challenges are delivering end-to-end QoS as that of licensed spectrum, and intelligent network selection and routing to selectively offload traffic.
There is a great deal of untapped potential in consistently applying existing technologies to support, and in fact, direct social change.
Technology advancements over the years have had a considerable impact on society—and yet in most cases, this social impact has been secondary to business and profit aims. Satistied with selective pockets of social and economic change, we often overlook the endless missed opportunities as we blindly follow the course of technology.
I recently got a real taste of what this means as we looked at the social sector landscape in India.
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