The number of mobile broadband subscribers is growing at a rapid pace and mobile service providers are facing challenges with increased bandwidth requirements driven by new mobile devices and the applications they are using. To address the capacity constraints in their existing GPRS/W-CDMA (2.5G/3G) packet core infrastructures, operators primarily have two options: upgrade their existing network to a more current 3GPP release (HSPA+ Releases 7 or 8) or deploy a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. They also are concerned with transitioning their current operational environment to an IP-centric model which is subscriber, service and application aware so that they can reduce the total cost of ownership in providing these mobile broadband services while developing new business models to generate new revenues.
Alcatel-Lucent helps addressing these mobile challenges by providing a complete, end-to-end wireless solution in which the wireless packet core has a very important role. The Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Packet Core is high-performance service-aware all-IP packet core designed and built to address new requirements for LTE Evolved Packet Core, while supporting for 2G/3G packet core functionality and providing a converged packet core for all mobile broadband services.
The Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Packet Core is managed by an industry-leading and widely deployed network management solution that expands the scope of end-to-end management of the IP services across E-UTRAN, backhaul and packet core.
Innovation and industry leadership in all-IP, wireless mobility and policy management
The Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Packet Core is based on purpose-built platforms which mirror the architectural split of data plane (mobile gateways), control plane (mobility management) and service plane (policy management) in LTE/4G and beyond. With the Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Packet Core, service providers can benefit from extensive expertise and leadership in carrier-class IP/MPLS routing, large-scale policy management and expertise in delivering in IPTV “triple play” broadband networks and from expertise in wireless mobility management across all 3GPP radio access technologies.
New business models for new revenue streams
The Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Packet Core is essential for guaranteed delivery of high-bandwidth with premium QoS needed for the new generation of multimedia services. Enhanced by Alcatel-Lucent’s unique ability to unleash the intelligence from the wireless network, the Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Packet Core becomes a precise instrument for optimizing network resources or enablement of new business models (such as partnering and revenue sharing with third-party content and application providers).
IP transformation made easy
Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Packet Core is the cornerstone of a complete, end-to-end IP transformation of the mobile network, and a key component of the Alcatel-Lucent High Leverage Network™ Architecture.
The Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Packet Core:
The Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Packet Core eliminates the “LTE or HSPA+” dilemma by extending the capabilities of the high-performance LTE EPC with the addition of 2G/3G SGSN/GGSN functionality. The result is a high-performance, service-aware, all-IP core network that addresses the requirements for scalable evolution of W-CDMA/HSPA+ packet core as well as the stringent control and data plane requirements introduced with LTE. It provides mobile service providers with flexibility to support mobile broadband services using any 3GPP radio technology (GSM/GRPS/EDGE, W-CDMA/HSPA/HSPA+, LTE) and expand this coverage across Wi-Fi access points.
Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Packet Core is based on purpose-built platforms which are mirroring the architectural split of data plane (mobile gateways), control plane (mobility management) and service plane (policy management) in LTE/4G and beyond. Each element in this converged packet core solution is purpose-built and optimized to support specific functions: