LTE is the technology of choice to cater to the ever increasing demand for bandwidth, however during its evolution one of the key issues it faced was Voice, given that it is an all IP network, the challenge was to provide seamless continuity for voice and video calls while using packets. The complexity meant that the operators chose to provide voice services through circuit switching by falling back on their legacy networks. This method of Circuit Switch Fall Back (CSFB) however, is rapidly falling out of favour as operators now  want to leverage the full benefit of LTE by providing high definition Voice/Video services over LTE.

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Customers are now demanding the benefits that VoLTE offers in terms of high definition voice and video quality. VoLTE also provides benefits to Operators and OEMs by eliminating the need to support multiple radio technologies thus simplifying development of LTE infrastructure

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Service providers are experiencing unprecedented growth in demand for mobile broadband and mobile internet. As the service providers are gearing up to monetize this increase in the demand for mobile data, they have a huge challenge to face ahead of them. The data handling capacity of existing mobile networks is giving sleepless nights to many operators and is seen as a big hurdle to encashing this demand growth in mobile data.

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Increasing use of smart devices, machine to machine communication, rich media applications and content on the cloud is burdening the existing mobile networks and adding to the woes of  service providers. These service providers are trying to address the issue by moving to WLAN technology and deploying Wi-Fi hotspots to offload data from their mobile networks. At the same time, cable operators are rolling out ambitious plans to offer Wi-Fi service throughout the U.S. and Canada. Most major North American MSOs are now deploying thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots in their service footprints. In this webinar, we will examine why service providers and cable operators are so bullish on Wi-Fi, what benefits they hope to gain, which areas they’re targeting and what kinds of challenges they face.

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Aricent recently hosted a webinar titled Capitalizing SON – How to Implement SON for LTE to reduce OPEX and Increase Revenue. In this webinar our experts discussed how Network Equipment Manufacturers can leverage the concept of Self Organizing Networks (SON) to not only manage highly complex LTE networks but also reduce operational expenditures and enhance customer satisfaction. Our experts also provided insights into how to choose between the various automation techniques and concepts that are employed in SON, different SON architectures and the various parameters that can be addressed by SON. Given the huge number of questions asked we were not able to answer every one of them live, so we've addressed all of them below.

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Software-defined networking (SDN) is rapidly emerging at the forefront of next-generation networking. By decoupling the control and data planes in network switches and routers, SDN enables the rapid innovation and optimization of routing and switching equipment.  OpenFlow is the leading SDN architecture driving the adoption of this new wave of telecom networking standards and concepts.

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