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May 2010

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Alcatel-Lucent Offers New HLN Website

By Susan J. Campbell

Throughout the service provider industry, the main point of focus is to support the growing demands on the network. Consumers want more rich content all the time and service providers must be able to meet this demand or face quality problems and customer churn.

In this quest to provide customers what they need, service providers are completely re-thinking their business model. A strong network foundation is necessary to offer the differentiated service experience necessary to meet demand and maintain customer loyalty.

To empower service providers to maintain the architecture necessary to achieve the necessary performance level to thrive in this challenging market, Alcatel-Lucent has developed the High Leverage Network (HLN).

Top Ways that Self Organizing Networks Drives Network Efficiencies

By Susan J. Campbell

Self-Organizing Networks (SON) sounds like an IT manager's dream - something that is self-monitoring and needs very little attention, which also drives optimal performance and efficiency. In truth, this technology is a key element for reducing operational costs, quickly adapting cell sites to network conditions and improving network quality.

SON from Alcatel-Lucent is designed to reduce network planning and deployment costs, while also improving network performance and operational efficiency through the automation of the configuration and optimization. 

The SON platform works by empowering the Alcatel-Lucent Small Cell solution to automatically configure itself to its surrounding network. It also enables for the periodic monitoring, updating and optimizing of its neighbor relation lists and handover parameters. Such an approach has been proven to reduce handover failures by as much as 80 percent.

SON Operations Explained in Alcatel-Lucent Paper

By David Sims

Recently Alcatel-Lucent produced a Flash presentation on self-organizing networks, inter-cell interference coordination. Needless to say the graphics are punchier than what you'll find in this article, but we'll give the play by play, you can hit the original for the bells and whistles.

The entire licensed frequency band is available to all LTE cells of an operator. When the terminal enters an area of high interference, this requires that any two neighbor cells always have different frequency patterns, or colors (you'll want to check the graphics out on this one). So Step One is the initial coloring: Each cell picks a color and checks with its neighbor to see if there's a conflict.

Partnership with BT Leverages Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network Services

Alcatel-Lucent this week announced a five-year agreement with U.K.-based BT for the evolution of its 21st Century Network (21CN). 

Company officials said that this project leverages Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network architecture and transformational services. It is expected to further evolve BT's infrastructure and will allow the company to expedite network convergence, increase capacity and deliver content cost effectively.

In addition, the 21CN will help BT prepare to introduce new video-rich services to an expanded base of wholesale and retail subscribers. Customers in more than 170 countries will benefit from the development of this project and will help BT to strengthen its position in the U.K. by increasing performance, capacity and bandwidth to a larger customer base.

George Nazi, managing director, BT 21CN Core Convergence, said that 21CN is a huge transformational program that provides a network for the future that requires a game-changing approach.

IP Transformation Enables Network Operators to Maximize Market Opportunities

The face of the market is changing drastically for the network operator and unless they are willing to change with it and evolve, they will miss out on important opportunities for growth, revenues, profit and even survival.

As a result, many are turning to IP transformation as a business enabler to improve operational efficiency and re-investment. With this transformation, network operators are working with key market players to increase bandwidth, improve indoor wireless network coverage and accelerate adoption of standards and open interoperable service delivery platforms (SDPs).

At the same time, network operators are effectively improving network device capabilities while decreasing costs. The demand put on the network to product quality content will only increase and they must be able to handle this increase to keep customers happy.

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