LTE and the Mobile Backhaul Solution

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LTE and the Mobile Backhaul Solution

By Michelle Amodio

Last week, we took a look at LTE and traffic, discussing the progression of LTE and mobile transport.

LTE has a tremendous impact on mobility. LTE networks offer the promise of supporting the explosion in traffic arising from a new generation of mobile devices and applications. The introduction of LTE has several implications on the transport network. With the increasing demand for Internet services, such as video and mobile apps, the need for greater bandwidth is crucial for QoS requirements. Service providers need to relieve the strain on their core networks while improving return on investment (ROI).

Now, more than ever, the need to move to an all-IP LTE network is paramount. The question is, how does a service provider get there and, more importantly, what will a service provider get in return?

Alcatel-Lucent discusses this in a recent white paper, LTE Mobile Transport Evolution.

Alcatel-Lucent, a provider of mobile, fixed, IP and optics technologies, offers an end-to-end solution when migrating to all IP LTE. Alcatel-Lucent designs and tests the end-to-end LTE/ SAE-compliant network solution, and provides migration and operational processes in GSM, WCDMA, CDMA and TD-SCDMA environments.

Alcatel-Lucent provides the mobile backhaul solution to get service providers to an all-IP transport network so that they can, in fact, provide these services to their customers, offering greater flexibility and improved end-to-end performance.

How is it done? With a High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture.

The HLN, in essence, offers service providers revenue-generating, value-added services and efficient low-cost transport, assuring the highest Quality of Experience (QoE) to end customers. It is LTE-ready, which means reduced latency, scalable bandwidth capacity, and backwards compatibility with existing GSM and UMTS technology.

The Mobile Backhaul solution allows for complete control over the network transformation process. Backhaul networks are often diverse, but Alcatel-Lucent’s solution can be fit and catered to any network evolution requirements, including hybrid data offload approaches. Using optimal cost points of newer transport systems, such as Carrier Ethernet, gives service providers the power and preparedness for the changes that come with LTE.

The ability to integrate with current backhaul networks provides significant value, flexibility and a time-to-market advantage for service providers as they deploy advanced mobile broadband services to their customers.

Service providers who are employing mobile packet transport based on the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Backhaul solution can leverage the same packet transport network for LTE. By having these new capabilities, service providers can offer better mobile broadband services at reduced cost per megabit for a sustainable, profitable business model.


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