Bridging 2G, 3G and 4G Network Capabilities via LTE

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Bridging 2G, 3G and 4G Network Capabilities via LTE

By Susan Campbell

Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks have gained much attention as of late, especially as network operators are scrambling to keep up with the data demands on their legacy networks. The bandwidth demands aren’t likely to reverse and those operators unable to keep up will soon learn how quickly customer churn can proliferate through all channels.

While the change to LTE can seem daunting and even scary, the good news is that such a transformation can solve a number of problems that the increase in demand has caused. At the same time, LTE can help to reduce the cost per megabit and build a service-aware infrastructure that will appeal to mobile broadband services.

This is much easier said than done, however. Simply deciding to move to LTE is only the beginning; the more important focus is how to get there while protecting the customer base and still delivering an expected level of service performance.

The answer is in driving an efficient, end-to-end and risk-free migration to LTE and an all-IP environment. The network operator will need help in the process in order to reach that predictable and optimized performance level expected, while still delivering on the lowest possible cost.

The good news is that network operators do have a powerful partner option in Alcatel-Lucent. This company serves as a transformation partner that can help to drive the smooth evolution from legacy 2G and 3G wireless broadband services and revenues. With an end-to-end solution offered by Alcatel-Lucent, network operators can easily manage the migration to all-IP LTE.

Alcatel-Lucent offers a complete, pre-integrated network that leverages wireless innovation sin OFDM and Software-Defined Radio technologies, as well as IP service routing. The company also designs and tests its end-to-end LTE/SAE-compliant network solution. In the process, Alcatel-Lucent is able to deliver optimized migration and operational processes in environments such as GSM, WCDMA, CDMA and TD-SCDMA.

In working with Alcatel-Lucent, the network operator will be able to develop and deploy an LTE network that will integrate with third-party LTE devices and industry leading applications. The resulting network will be based on the 3GPP-standardized System Architecture Evolution (SAE) that is optimized for all-IP triple-play service delivery. This ensures the network integrates seamlessly with existing wireless and wireline infrastructures.

As a proven player in this space, Alcatel-Lucent can demonstrate the benefits of LTE and all-IP, including greater bandwidth, lower latency, scalability and dynamic QoS management. With a fully integrated LTE network, the complete platform is easily manageable with an end-to-end service aware system and Self-Optimizing Network (SON) capabilities to ensure optimal performance for all network users.


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