September 02, 2011

LTE’s Effect on Mobile Service Rollouts

If you love your smart phones and pads like I do, you’ve likely heard about new “4G” technology that promises to bring you blazing performance, and allows you to finally rely on mobile applications to work the way you want – faster and more reliably. These new 4G services are essential to enabling a new Mobile User experience, with apps and communication services that promise to bring you limitless professional and personal productivity.

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Mobile operators are excited about the services they can sell in this era of broadband mobility and to expand their revenues. However, today’s reality is that certain applications (like high-quality streaming video, persistent web/ERP applications, and one of the most challenging, live gaming) simply don’t work well enough on 2G/3G mobile networks, because they are delivered to you at slower download speeds – and they work even even less where there’s network congestion.  It gets tough to play a sport on your cell phone if the ball or puck freezes right in the middle of the play.  And, it’s not just your smartphone that will benefit – public safety communications networks built by the government, private radios that are used by public safety officers and first responders will also leverage the performance increase. In all, new 4G services will usher in a new level of mobile service that can drive increased revenue for carriers and productivity for all citizens. So, what’s not to like@f0

The answer to fixing these mobile challenges is called “Long Term Evolution”, also known as LTE.  Based on less expensive, higher speed, and reliable Ethernet transport, LTE networks can provide mobile operators with a substantial increase in performance, delivering 10 Mbps downloads and 1 Mbps uploads, and will offer lower latency of approximately 50ms – with the ability to grow to 300 Mbps downloads and 70ms latency down the road. This translates into a bright future of steady gaming and continuous video over mobile networks – what fun!

But, we are not there yet, and to get there an upgrade of Mobile Backhaul networks is key.  The upgrade of Cell Site towers to LTE is central to 4G, and it will be driven by the latest generation of Ethernet switching.  More importantly, creating them cost-effectively can make all the difference to carriers who want to drive solid profits, while deploying new 4G services. The challenge that mobile operators face is balancing their network investments in advance of new service revenues.  Making the right choices will allow them to offer high-bandwidth services while ensuring that they deliver the required ROI to keep their investors happy.

Extreme Networks has responded to this key opportunity, and we are set to roll out our E4G Mobile Backhaul solutions that optimize dense Gigabit Ethernet port performance and 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks to support the needed capacity, in addition to offering critical features including SynchE timing and Carrier-class resiliency. What’s great about these new products, is that we can offer high performance and cost-effective deployments in hybrid 2G,3G and 4G deployments, and the same products stay in place when the whole of the network evolves to 4G – what great investment production for the carrier  – even more fun! And, we will be showing these great products and these features at the upcoming testing by the EANTC at the Carrier Ethernet World Congress, October 10-13th, in Amsterdam.

Bringing this all together, Extreme E4G solutions are well positioned to power the critical LTE-based 4G mobile networks that will bring carriers new services like live gaming, streaming video and business communications delivered to smart phones, pads and tablets.

In the changing world of mobile services, LTE is the next great thing, and a next-generation Mobile Backhaul network from Extreme can help carriers get there.


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