Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Is Unveiled,
WEBINAR: Delivering Performance Assured Ethernet,
What Types of Backhaul for Small Cells?,
Accedian Live – Broadband MEA
Applying the best practices for Carrier Ethernet/IP service assurance to microcell backhaul networks - The exponential growth in demand for capacity in the mobile network is driving mobile carriers and backhaul providers to complement their macro cell deployments with small cell networks. Microcells offer cost-effective relief for both the bandwidth capacity and radio coverage challenges faced by many mobile operators. As mobile carriers own less and less of their backhaul infrastructure, there are important lessons that can be gleaned from the recent trend by mobile carriers to outsource the operation of mobile backhaul network to wholesale providers.
Effective outsourcing requires oversight and active management in order to ensure a high quality end-user experience. Performance assurance systems are required for the Carrier Ethernet networks that deliver the backhaul services to macro and micro cells alike. These tools provide mobile carriers with the management information they need to effectively leverage the cost advantages and extensibility of a microcell-based mobile backhaul network.
The 3 ‘V’s consisting of: circuit verification; SLA validation; and on-going visibility into the performance of the backhaul network require Carrier Ethernet/IP OAM support. Effective performance management systems include comprehensive instrumentation in the network along with complementary management tools able to summarize thousands of measured data points into concise and actionable performance information. Performance assurance is the key to successfully delivering high quality mobile service.
This short paper outlines an effective strategy that adapts the best practices for performance assurance in macro cell networks, to small cell deployments. Virtualizing the OAM instrumentation enables performance management systems to be applied cost-effectively to small cells. This provides the management oversight required to effectively leverage micro cell technology to build out additional mobile bandwidth and extend radio coverage. Download Whitepaper.
There’s a new Carrier Ethernet in town! Generationally more advanced than Carrier Ethernet 1.0—which delivered standardized Ethernet services over a single provider network—Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) goes well beyond to deliver differentiated applications over interconnected, managed networks on a global scale. The advances in 2.0 are expected to be of great benefit to both service providers and customers in an increasingly cloud-based, service-oriented world.
So what are the highlight service feature innovations in CE 2.0? To start, an increase from three to eight port- and VLAN-based services—two of each in E-Line, E-Lan, E-Tree, and E-Access. This significant increase will enable the delivery of services consistently and reliably to local, regional and global locations via multiple providers, as if through a single network.
Next, newly defined Multi-CoS extensions will standardize performance objectives across a variety of geographic ‘Performance Tiers’ and applications to improve QoS and optimize efficiency on a global scale. And there’s more. According to Nan Chen, Founder and President of the MEF during the official launch of CE 2.0 at NetEvents in February: “The Interconnect specifications (in CE 2.0) will expand the influence and reach of Carrier Ethernet worldwide, and new management specifications will provide affordable scalability and measurability not previously possible. The Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement creates a standard for efficient and reliable 4G mobile backhaul networks and services, furthermore delivering significant backhaul savings for mobile operators and revenue opportunities for access providers through Multi-CoS enabled Interconnect.”
Overall, CE 2.0 is expected to make the delivery of Internet-based services faster, more reliable, more predictable, and less expensive thanks to support for multiple classes of services, increased interconnectivity, and superior management capabilities.
Thursday, March 15th, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
Applications ranging from cloud-connectivity to wireless backhaul increasingly rely on high performance Ethernet services. Service Provider operations and Enterprise IT managers charged with managing the performance of these services need reliable services with accurate performance monitoring instrumentation to measure the network using standard Service OAM measurements for one-way delay, one-way delay variation and frame loss. Accurate instrumentation combined with performance management systems that collect, summarize and present network performance data in the form of actionable business intelligence are becoming required tools for high-performance services.
This webinar explores the critical service and operational requirements from the perspective of one of the industry’s leading Ethernet service providers, and key standards-based approaches for measuring and reporting Ethernet service performance in a manner that provides a common language for service providers and the end users of these services globally. It further explores key considerations for rolling up this performance assurance data in a manner that provides actionable business intelligence for service providers and the end users. Finally, this webinar explores some of the broader planning, management and end-to-end interoperability considerations for delivering performance assured Ethernet services in the reality of today’s modular, multi-vendor networks. Register.
Small cell supplier ip.access will build an integrated LTE and 3G small cell. The new unit, codenamed the E-100, will be the first from ip.access to be based on the QorIQ Qonverge platform from U.S. chip maker Freescale.
The E-100 is a small cell Access Point targeted for use in enterprises and public indoor environments. The device will provide simultaneous 4G and 3G mobile phone signals with data speeds of up to 150 Mbps and 42 Mbps respectively. The product will be ready for field trials expected in the first quarter of 2013.
The E-100 is expected to be used by mobile network operators to improve mobile phone service quality and data speeds inside office buildings, shopping malls, hotels and other public indoor areas. ip.access announces plans for first LTE small cell
The small cell architecture also reshapes thinking about cell backhaul. For starters, ip.access says small cell backhaul can use un-managed DSL or cable modem “best effort” networks.
The type of backhaul also will hinge on the expected traffic to be supported. On one end, a very-small femtocell, used in a residential or small business setting might need to support four to eight simultaneous voice channels plus data services. DSL or cable modems might well be the “backhaul” in such cases. Picocells designed to support eight to 16 users might, or might not, use un-managed DSL or cable modem connections.
Picocells designed to support a public building site, serving 16 or more users will more typically require a more managed approach to backhaul.
Session: March 26th – 5:00 p.m.
If you’re attending Broadband MEA, join us in this session where we’ll explore how service providers and large enterprises can build highly scalable, low-latency, on-demand cloud networks with the latest generation of Carrier Ethernet platforms. You can also drop by our booth #5 to learn more about our solutions. More information