Cisco, Genband introduce mobile traffic solutions

After sharing demand estimates for growth of mobile data and video traffic, Cisco launched an architectural framework designed to enhance users' experiences across mobile and wireless networks. The new Cisco "MOVE" solution (Monetization, Optimization, Videoscape Experience) includes component parts from the Cisco's Mobile Videoscape, Service Provider Wi-Fi and Adaptive Intelligent Routing (AIR) portfolios. The strategic framework was announced in Barcelona from the 2011 GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC).

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The component parts for MOVE include:

  • Cisco Mobile Videoscape, with new technology on the Cisco ASR 5000 and Cisco Unified Computing System platforms created to link the mobile network to a video distribution network included with the Cisco Videoscape offer.
  • Cisco Service Provider Wi-Fi Solution designed to help service providers more efficiently use Wi-Fi for mobile data offload, featuring the new Cisco Aironet 1550 Series Outdoor Wireless Access Point.
  • Cisco Adaptive Intelligent Routing (AIR), which provides service intelligence throughout the network.

Cisco estimates that its MOVE solutions can optimize mobile video traffic, reducing carriers' radio access network (RAN) costs by up to 27%. Other benefits touted include mobile traffic offload onto a Wi-Fi network, new customization features, and a smooth migration path to IPv6-capable infrastructures.

In other news from MWC in Barcelona, Genband also introduced a solution designed to relieve smartphone signaling overload and RAN congestion. Genband's Mobile Edge Optimization Suite is as an enhancement to the P Series of Traffic and Policy Management (TPM) Solutions. Genband also announced increased throughput capabilities and support for IPv6 across its Genband P Series portfolio of TPM solutions.

In addition to its product enhancements, Genband also announced that it will sponsor the "first ever MSF/GSMA VoLTE interoperability test event." The testing event, undertaken in cooperation with the MultiService Forum (MSF), will validate interoperability of Voice over LTE (VoLTE). LTE is the next generation architecture for mobile networks. The test event will be hosted by MSF and GSMA operator members Vodafone and China Mobile in the Vodafone Test and Innovation Centre in Dusseldorf, Germany, and the China Mobile Research Institute Laboratory in Beijing.

Interoperability testing will focus on validating interfaces to support multi-vendor mobile/wireless deployment strategies. One objective is validating the GSMA technical recommendations for IMS-based VoLTE along with testing for basic interoperability, roaming and interconnection, and non-LTE access. More on the upcoming testing can be found on the the MultiService Forum Web site.

Read more about voip & convergence in Network World's VoIP & Convergence section.

Steve Taylor is president of Distributed Networking Associates and publisher/editor-in-chief of Webtorials. Larry Hettick is a principal analyst at Current Analysis.

This story, "Cisco, Genband introduce mobile traffic solutions" was originally published by Network World.

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