I’ve written here several times about the challenges and opportunities cable operators face in migrating to IP delivery. There is a significant parallel in the mobile world. Mobile operators are also looking at a transition to IP with new 4G networks. Forget the global recession. Forget the fact that it would be nice (for operators) to avoid upgrades for a while. Consumer demand for mobile broadband is growing at a staggering pace. And mobile service providers have to manage spectrum allocation, juggling new technology with old, and the challenge of providing end-to-end QoS in a diverse network environment.
Motorola knows that about 70% of incumbent providers will operate an overlay LTE system in the transition to 4G. What does this mean? It means these operators have to introduce new technology while still maintaining and integrating with legacy 2G and 3G networks. They have to tailor LTE coverage and re-use existing 2G and 3G assets. They have to migrate to a high-speed data transport network. And they have to transition to a single future-proof core that may need to support 2G, 3G, and LTE technology. It’s a very big job.
At Mobile World Congress this week, Motorola has talked to a number of industry executives about managing the LTE migration. There’s no silver bullet for the process, but there are ways to make it easier and to set up a clear migration path. These are the discussions that are happening now. Join in.
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