How to use an ATCA switch in the era of NFV?

While NFV attempts to put future Telecom in software-based virtual network functions (VNFs), rendering them hardware-independent, can service providers ignore their hardware? Is there still a place for ATCA platforms and switches in the NFV era? At this stage in Telecom network evolution, orchestrators and controllers do not provide the necessary level of reliability and still have not solved all the redundancy challenges. Telcos are still likely to deploy carrier-grade hardware to ensure the reliability of network functions. We also have to consider network-edge functions that are localized in Points…

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Mobile Backhaul Revolution

The mobile data surge, together with the LTE and LTE-Advance standards, represent many changes both in technology and in the business models and opportunities for operators and providers in this domain. The need for higher bandwidth is driving mobile providers to look for solution that will allow them to support it. Femto and pico cells are smaller base stations that have been designed to support smaller areas. They allow the mobile operator to offload the larger cell traffic and offer higher bandwidth in small location typically with higher population density.…

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