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Service Provider Mobility: The First Live 3G to4G/LTE Handoff
Posted by Jonathan Morgan Mar 16, 2010
The industry tends to couple the LTE radio (the E-UTRAN) and the Evolved PacketCore (EPC). However, the EPC is being standardized as the core network forall access mechanisms, including: LTE, 2G, 3G, non-3GPP, and even wirelinenetworks. The “open” EPC allows the operator to realize a truly convergedpacket core supporting all access technologies. The planning around the EPCmust consider how all of these access networks enter the core, interworkwith legacy systems, maintain seamless mobility, and provide consistent andoptimized services.
Cisco’s mobile packet core solution is designed for the evolution from 3G to 4G. The ASR 5000 is the benchmark for today’s and tomorrow’s multimedia enabledcore network. The ASR 5000 utilizes a simple, flexible distributed architecturethat allows operators to support multiple access technologies concurrently, e.g.,2G, 3G and 4G, subscriber mobility management, and call control capabilities,as well as integrated intelligent In-line Services with policy enforcement. Withits leading edge throughput, signaling and capacity, the ASR 5000 is the onlyproduct available today to support 3G mobile networks, and through softwareupgrades, support 4G functionality without forklift upgrades.
One of the challenges with the evolution to 4G is the ability to provide seamlessmobility from 3G networks to 4G networks on day 1. As new applicationsemerge, the requirement for seamless service mobility for data becomes critical.For example, services such as messaging, push-to-talk, video, gaming, andenterprise security applications such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) requireseamless service mobility to be viable. In the not so distant future, mobile userswill soon be able to take part in a video chat while downloading a movie andwriting e-mails with a mobile device. Providing content such as movies andlive gaming without seamless service mobility will severely impact the userexperience. Finally, there is nothing worse than a location-based service that isdisrupted due to a handover which either takes too long to complete or results ina change in IP address—you may miss that right turn.