Friday, 18 August 2017

Multi-service convergence in wireless and wireline backhaul networks

By Kevin Reinert and Mark Bordogna, LSI Corporation
Monday 13 July 09

The overall trend in the industry is toward modular, compact, scaleable offerings that provide flexibility to meet each service operator's need.

Today's wireless and wireline networks have both adopted a migration strategy towards multi-service convergence. This convergence requires multiple communication protocols to be adopted within a single network element, which helps reduce the number of supported products and interfaces. The reasons for this convergence differ for wireless and wireline; however, one common 'trigger' between the two is the current generation of advanced multi-protocol silicon devices. Wireless networks are required to support all three generations of products. That is to say, wireless service providers have 2G equipment still being widely deployed while, in parallel, new 3G networks are being built…

Today's wireless and wireline networks have both adopted a migration strategy towards multi-service convergence. This convergence requires multiple communication protocols to be adopted within a single network element, which helps reduce the number of supported products and interfaces. The reasons for this convergence differ for wireless and wireline; however, one common 'trigger' between the two is the current generation of advanced multi-protocol silicon devices. Wireless networks are required to support all three generations of products. That is to say, wireless service providers have 2G equipment still being widely deployed while, in parallel, new 3G networks are being built…

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