Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Ultimate Wireless Packet Core

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled the "Ultimate Wireless Packet Core" -- its key product set to help mobile service providers address the explosion in mobile data services on 3G networks and coming LTE networks. The solution leverages the flagship Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router and the company's "High Leverage Network" strategy.

Significantly, Alcatel-Lucent is positioning its evolved packet core solution alongside policy and DPI analytics tools to bring advanced network management capabilities to both 3G and 4G networks. This will enable bandwidth-hungry, enriched and personalized services with enhanced subscriber quality of experience, while delivering improved provisioning, operating and maintenance from the radio access network (RAN) to the backhaul elements and into the packet core.

Key elements of Alcatel-Lucent's Ultimate Wireless Packet Core and end-to-end wireless network and policy management include:

  • 2G and 3G GGSN (Gateway GPRS Support Node) functionality on Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router-based mobile packet core gateways. Alcatel-Lucent's 4G mobile packet core gateway platform now supports GGSN for 2.5G and 3G as well as Serving Gateway and Packet Data Network Gateway for LTE, giving service providers a seamless and massively scalable solution for GPRS/EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE. The 7750 SR delivers more than ten times the performance and scale of typical 3G packet core gateways, has been in global LTE trials since 2009 and will be available for commercial delivery of 2G, 3G and LTE services in the second half of 2010.

  • The new Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Mobility Manager (WMM), a high-performance and scalable solution for 2.5G/3G SGSN (Serving GPRS Support Node) and LTE MME (Mobility Management Entity) on an in-house designed and optimized, common ATCAv2 platform. This combined functionality enables operators to expand or renovate their existing
    packet cores to support HSPA and HSPA+ while having the signaling and control plane performance required of an MME when they migrate to LTE.

  • The new Alcatel-Lucent 5780 Dynamic Services Controller (DSC), which provides the 3G and LTE PCRF (Policy Charging and Rules Function), enabling mobile operators to optimize and monetize network resources, while offering personalized choice for the subscriber in both a 3G and LTE environment. The Alcatel-Lucent 5780 DSC also provides the foundation for converged wireline/wireless policy management to enable any application on any screen, anywhere. The 5780 DSC is currently in global trials and will be available for commercial 3G and LTE service delivery in the second half of 2010.

  • Enhancements to the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) include unified, end-to-end management of user (data) and control planes across mobile backhaul and packet core.

  • The Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian (WNG) provides real-time visibility into the relationship between network element performance and end-user quality of experience (QoE) across the entire wireless data network.

"Our High Leverage Network strategy has enabled service providers to deliver large-scale, real-time, residential triple play services (Internet, Voice and IPTV) over the past five years and now we're bringing that strategy to mobile operators as they deal with tremendous growth in data and video applications,"said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent's IP activities and head of carrier strategy.

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