Where is the bottleneck in AdvancedTCA solutions?

AdvancedTCA architecture has become a stream line option for variety of vendors and applications including LTE RAN, security, cloud services, policy access control, IPTV, IMS and other deep packet inspection.  Telco Systems has deployed its networking solution worldwide with variety of carriers and we knew that one of the toughest thing for application developer will be to handle the switching solution. So we invested very early (in fact we were the first company to have ATCA based solution in the market in 2004) a lot of efforts to take our…

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What is AdvancedTCA and its deployment challenges

The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA®) specifications are a series of PICMG (http://www.picmg.org/) specifications which target the requirements for the next generation of carrier grade communications equipment.  Based on PICMG 3.X specifications, AdvancedTCA solutions incorporate the latest trends in high speed interconnect technologies and next-generation processors that support high reliability, availability and serviceability. Central to the ATCA architecture is the ATCA switch blade that provides inter-connectivity and external connectivity between ATCA peripheral line cards, the chassis, the management components and the backplane. Telco Systems’ AdvancedTCA switch blades offer not only…

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State of the broadband market – fixed and mobile

An interesting market research published by Akamai and Ericsson shows the state of fixed and mobile broadband market worldwide. It was interesting to see in report that while it is hard to compare mobile and fixed broadband (different penetration level, different user mix), the bandwidth differences are interesting. In the second quarter of 2011 average connection speeds on known mobile providers ranged from 5.3 Mbps down to 209 kbps. Average peak connection speeds ranged from 23.4 Mbps down to 1.2 Mbps. On fixed line broadband the global average connection speed…

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Mobile Backhaul in Cloud RAN Architecture

A new distributed architecture called Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) offers a new paradigm in base stations architecture that aims to reduce the number of cell sites while increasing the base station deployment density. This new architecture breaks down the base station into a Base Unit (BU) – a digital unit that implements the MAC PHY and AAS (Antenna Array System) functionality, and the Remote Radio Head (RRH) that obtains the digital (optical) signals, converts digital signals to analog, amplifies the power, and sends the actual transmission. By making the…

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