The next generation of wireless technology will require networking equipment capable of providing speeds comparable to wired networks if the telcos want to deliver on their speed promises. Among the vendors expected to produce that gear is Alcatel-Lucent, which has updated its core packet gear to handle 4G networks and other high-speed networks as well. Enterprise Networking Planet has more information.
Mobile service providers around the world are considering evolving their networks to the next-generation Long-Term Evolution, or LTE, 4G standard. It’s an effort that networking vendor Alcatel-Lucent is aiming to support with a series of new products and devices announced this week.
The new Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) products are targeted at helping service providers grow their current network infrastructures with technologies that will support both existing wireless deployments as well as future LTE rollouts.
“Wireless data traffic growth is the fundamental problem statement we’re addressing here and we’re addressing it with a massive increase in performance and scalability for the packet core gateways,” Lindsay Newell, vice president of marketing at Alcatel-Lucent, told InternetNews.com. “The second piece is making the network more intelligent and linking that in with a policy management that addresses the issue of new business models and the potential for things like usage-based data plans.”
At the gateway, Alcatel-Lucent is expanding the wireless capabilities of its two-year-old 7750 Service Routers (SR) to support 2G, 3G GGSN (Gateway GPRS Support Node) as well as LTE. Newell noted that not all carriers will be making the jump all the way to LTE, with some first deploying and supporting other wireless technologies like HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) first.