Self-Organizing Networks (SON) and MPLS to the Cell Site, How is it connected? (hint: small cells)

The mobile data crunch has created a real need for more and more bandwidth. Since there is a limit to what can be done to defeat physics, this increase in demand has created a need for a new paradigm in mobile networks’ architectures. One possible solution is the “small cell” – a smaller version of the traditional base station in size, cost and transmission power (so the covered radius is smaller too). The magic is that the spectral efficiency of the small base stations is higher, allowing them to send…

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Better backhaul with MPLS to the cell site

2011 has left the North American mobile operators breathless. A wide adoption of smart phone, exponential increase in smart devices (phones , tablets, game consoles), and rapid growth of smartphone applications have compounded to make the mobile economy very dynamic.  Mobile data usage and the LTE deployment trials have driven operators’ to address bandwidth shortages for mobile backhaul. More importantly, carriers are now faced with the realization that there is true need for network change to support the troika of the new mobile economy tsunami:  How to manage and adapt…

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