Spirent Ensures Performance and Scalability of 4G/LTE Networks
Oct 24, 2011
Latest Spirent HyperMetrics mX Addresses 4G Network Challenges of Mobility, Application Performance, Interoperability and Mobile Backhaul
Sunnyvale, Calif. – October 24, 2011 – To capitalize on the mobile Internet and smartphone revolution, carriers have to manage and optimize service performance while accommodating the exploding mobile traffic across the backhaul and core networks. Spirent Communications’ latest Spirent TestCenter HyperMetrics mX modules enable carriers and their network equipment suppliers to navigate the complexity of converged network elements, ensuring that they perform at scale with realism.
As mobile operators upgrade their networks to support ‘Any G’ and 4G/ LTE services, there are three critical parameters that must be optimized to deliver a superior user quality of experience (QoE) – mobility for a seamless user experience, bandwidth management to optimize network resources for demanding applications and network intelligence to enable the monetization of services.
“Converged mobile packet core solutions provide mobile operators with the ability to transform their legacy networks into an open, secure and scalable mobile broadband network that enables them to monetize services and profit from the mobile Internet revolution,” said Stéphane Téral, Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research. “Testing with highly-capable tools such as these latest Spirent TestCenter modules helps carriers assess if the mobile broadband gateways they are selecting for their new networks can deliver seamless mobility across 2G, 3G and LTE, while scaling to millions of users in the carrier network.”
Although converged mobile networks simplify the physical network topology, they also introduce a high level of complexity in network design and deployment. To manage mobility and bandwidth and to monetize services, the converged network must support ‘Any G’ mobility, quality of service (QoS) and deep packet inspection (DPI). Spirent TestCenter HyperMetrics mX modules greatly simplify and accelerate high-scale mobility, core network, mobile backhaul, routing, access and application testing.
A critical aspect of testing converged mobile networks is determining performance capabilities and limitations of network elements when millions of subscribers concurrently text, tweet, talk, browse or watch videos on their mobile devices. Unlike competitor’s solutions, testing with Spirent HyperMetrics mX ensures:
- Mobility with high scalability of mobile data sessions, delivering high-performance multi-play applications with seamless mobility between 2G/3G and LTE networks, all critical for an uninterrupted user quality of experience (QoE)
- Bandwidth Management with emulation of millions of subscribers under real-world network conditions, including an unprecedented number of applications being delivered concurrently, such as QoE-aware live IP video streaming along with voice, web based applications
- Network Intelligence with the delivery of the mobile multiplay experience by combining high performance stateful traffic, high-scale routing, access and mobile control plane on a single module
“Converged mobile gateways are designed with enough processing capacity to deliver quality-of-experience-aware applications and content to millions of 3G and 4G/LTE subscribers,” said Jeff Schmitz, vice president, Networks & Applications group at Spirent. “However, these new network elements require a new converged approach to testing that can validate speed, connection quality and application performance simultaneously.”
For more information on Spirent HyperMetrics mX and the entire Spirent TestCenter family of modules please visit http://www.spirent.com/Solutions-Directory/Spirent-TestCenter.aspx