Mobile World Congress 2016: Mobility, Shmobility …. But What About the Backhaul?
When the leading mobile communications professionals around the world gather for an exhibition, the focus is often placed on the latest consumer devices and network innovations. Telecom carriers are obsessed with delivering faster speeds, greater bandwidth and an ability to connect anytime, anywhere. Flash consumer devices and user experience upgrades are important—but what about the backhaul?
LTE Is Meant to Solve Data Traffic Problems—But Not with the Wrong Backhaul Network
As mobile devices simultaneously propel consumer bandwidth consumption and create broadband content, service providers must find new ways to enable the LTE backhaul network to effectively support increasingly dense mobile cells. Backhaul is an integral part of any attempt to gain a mobile competitive advantage, and improving LTE backhaul is a tall task.
When cellular networks were shifting from 2G to 3G, scalability wasn’t so difficult. Adding extra IP routers to the backhaul and increasing their capacity sufficed. However, with ultra- dense LTE backhaul this approach is revealing its weaknesses. Especially in light of these three key challenges:
- Large scale: Scalability is always a concern. But increased speeds and numbers of connected sites are growing so rapidly that any future-proof LTE network requires serious scalability innovation.
- Flat architecture: LTE standards require a new flat architecture for more direct data transfers. The only problem is that this changes the game when it comes to latency and scalability.
- Legacy networks persist: Backhaul infrastructures can’t ignore the previous mobile generations that persist in the world. Any future-proof network must also balance support for both business and residential service needs.
It’s only a matter of time before speed and traffic demands outpace the capabilities of current LTE networks. That’s why service providers need a new approach such as ECI’s ElastiNET.
ElastiNET Showcased at MWC 2016—See How You Can Improve the Move to LTE and Beyond
The key to ElastiNET’s innovative approach is to flatten L1 to L3 multiservice delivery over a converged packet-optical infrastructure. Designed with a highly-scalable and flexible architecture and support for legacy 2G and 3G networks, ElastiNET addresses all of the main challenges that mobile service providers currently face with LTE traffic demands.
- Super-scalable, end-to-end packet transport with multi-service capabilities that haven’t been seen in the market until now
- Virtualized RAN (vRAN) and small cell radio architectures necessitated by 5G/LTE-A
- New mobile edge computing (MEC) services like IoT, M2M, AR, Smart City, 4K streaming
- Delivering virtualized services (like vCDN and vSecurity) for business agility and operational efficiency
- Ongoing network modernization and simplification for operational efficiency
How does ElastiNET accomplish all of this? You’ll have to join ECI at Mobile World Congress 2016 at Hall 5, Booth 5F81 from 22 February to 25 February to find out! Check out the details for this year’s largest gathering of mobile industry professionals:
- When: Monday 22 February to Thursday 25 February, 2016
- Where: Fira Gran Via. Av. Joan Carles I, 64 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
- Ticket Price: Multiple levels from $749 to $4,999.
- Registration: Click here to register for MWC 2016
Can’t make it out to Barcelona this year? Contact ECI and learn everything you need to know about the ElastiNET solution to LTE backhaul challenges.
Topics: Mobile Backhaul