Sunday, March 9, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent's Wireless Network Guardian Offers 3G/4G Mgt

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled a mobile network management solution for tracking IP traffic across the many layers of 3G and emerging 4G networks. The Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian (WNG), which was developed by Bell Labs, provides end-to-end, real-time visibility of how mobile data subscriptions and services are affecting the radio access data network.

The Alcatel-Lucent 9900 WNG is composed of two network elements: a wireless network detector, for deployment in the data center, and a wireless network central, for deployment in a network or security operations center. The Alcatel-Lucent 9900 WNG monitors network traffic at a granular level, identifies anomalous wireless behaviors which could degrade network performance and impact subscriber's experience, and enables carriers to strategically use Alcatel-Lucent and 3rd party products to mitigate disruption and optimize networks. The system monitors every subscriber session from within the packet core, and identifies how each flow compares to fair use and contributes to the consumption of constrained resources throughout every element and layer in the network.

The Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian also enables carriers to detect and protect their networks from a new class of wireless-specific denial of service (DOS) attacks targeted at the signaling layer and exhausting RF channels.

Canada's Bell Mobility is the first carrier to trial the Alcatel-Lucent 9900 WNG in a live commercial network. The product will be publicly unveiled at next month's CTIA Wireless 2008 in Las Vegas. Pricing will be subject to network configurations and size.

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