Tag Archives: LTE

RAN can make – or break – the network experience

Subscribers expect the same quality of experience everywhere they go – whether at home on their private networks, or outdoors at a crowded sports event. From the customer perspective, it’s simple. But not for the service provider. As a conduit between mobile operators and subscribers, the Radio Access Network (RAN) is the biggest driver of network experience. Inside the RAN is where the mobile experience can be optimized – but it’s also where managing network resources inefficiently can lead to unhappy subscribers, and even risk driving them into the hands of competitors.  More >>

Turning quality into currency

As LTE services such as HD streaming video and voice over LTE (VoLTE) go mainstream, demand for the crystal-clear HD experience is changing the definition of service quality. Providing guaranteed quality of service (QoS) to manage jitter, speed and delay is only part of it. Maintaining a consistently high level of performance even under heavy loads and delivering five or even six nines availability are increasingly critical to monetizing service quality in the new LTE landscape.  More >>

What Sparks the Move to SON?

You may have heard today’s announcement that Vodafone Hutchison Australia has just implemented Amdocs SON. But what’s interesting is their particular reason for doing so. Most operators recognize that self-optimizing network (SON) capabilities are required in the long-term battle to control OPEX, delay CAPEX and improve customer experience in complex heterogeneous networks. That’s why most are either current evaluating or have already deployed SON. But beyond seeking to achieve these important benefits, there is often a specific situation that sparks the change.   More >>

SON: A Living Playbook for Network Management

Like any good football manager, a mobile network operator (MNO) might have its own network management “playbook” with detailed policies and instructions for handling network issues that came their way. But with the incredible complexity of multi-technology and multi-vendor networks today, this is no longer enough. It’s simply not possible to document every possible issue and reaction. Decisions on how to react to network issues have become more multi-layered and interconnected than ever, and need to be made much faster. Even if a network team had the time to write down everything they might need to do in a given […]  More >>

Big surprise: LTE networks are overstretched. Now what?

The expression, “if you build it, they will come,” adapted from the movie Field of Dreams, isn’t always the best business model. Yet that’s exactly what happened with LTE networks. Operators built them, and subscribers came. The simple lure of faster data on a mobile device was enough to draw in millions of subscribers worldwide. Then the inevitable happened. People started using the networks. A lot. And now a number of operators are telling us that their LTE networks are stretched to breaking point.   More >>

Are you ready for VoLTE?

VoLTE has to meet – and exceed – traditional voice quality and services to really make its mark, which is where policy control becomes mandatory  More >>

Welcoming the NFV Revolution

Network functions virtualization, or NFV, will be a key topic at Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week, and it’s a great time to start thinking about things. According to Heavy Reading, “(network functions virtualization) will revolutionize the way networks are built and drive down network operators’ costs.” The key words here are “built” and “drive down.” Driving down costs is a straightforward discussion. Put simply, generic network appliances are cheaper than specialized iron. Deploying control plane functionality on network appliances results in savings on electricity (for powering and cooling the equipment) and rack space. Facilities budgets, capital plans and operation inventories will become less complex with time (and it has been a long time since anyone has been able to say that).  More >>

No Silver Bullet for Data Capacity Crunch

Research reveals that small cells and a variety of technologies will be needed to address the data capacity crunch. While the world runs out of spectrum, a combination of different techniques could be used to provide up to 50x more capacity. The world is running out of spectrum – mobile planners at O2 say they will run out by 2014 if they continued to use traditional methods. LTE, the new 4G radio technology, has been marketed as the solution – very fast, efficient and adaptable. 65 network planners see the world differently A detailed survey of network planners from 65 […]  More >>