With the rapid growth of mobile communications, deployment and maintenance of mobile networks are becoming more complex, time-consuming, and expensive. In order to meet the requirements of network operators, self-optimizing/organizing networks (SON) technology was developed and continues to grow in importance as operators discover how much simpler and cost-effective it is to have networks with self-configuration, self-optimization and self-healing capabilities. But as the awareness of SON’s positive impact grows, so do the expectations of what it can achieve.

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Most mobile operators have begun to take WiFi offload seriously, whether it is at the implementation, pilot or PowerPoint phase. At this stage in the game, widespread WiFi offload is almost a certainty in the relatively near future. But 3G, 4G and WiFi are still not necessarily playing nicely together in carrier equipment. Arguably the major problem is that most carrier equipment cannot handle both 3G and 4G offload simultaneously, putting the supposedly seamless handoff between access technologies further into the future. In this article, we will discuss the need for 3G and 4G WiFi offload to be handled from a single node and why now is the right time to address this as 4G rollouts proliferate.

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We recently hosted a webinar titled Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for Evolved Packet Core (EPC). In this webinar, we discussed how Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEMs) can leverage the concept of cloud to develop and deploy multi-tenant, virtualized EPC solutions. Our experts also provided exhaustive insights into the various possible architectures, how to implement network routing for cloud and how to develop software based solutions that can be upgraded without downtime.

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Application-based WiFi offloading capabilities are now considered one of the most promising, evolved, and sensible course for mobile operators in maximizing the value of network resources and keeping subscribers happy.

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Aricent recently hosted a webinar on “Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for EPC” In this webinar our experts discussed how NEMs can leverage the concept of cloud to develop and deploy multi-tenant, virtualized EPC solutions and also provided exhaustive insights into the various possible architectures, how to implement network routing for cloud and how to develop software based solutions that can be upgraded without downtime.

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According to a recent Infonetics survey, virtually all major operators globally are either currently looking into SDN or will do so within the next three years, and 86 percent of the operators surveyed plan to deploy SDN technology once standards are final. SDN adoption is still at an early stage and a lot of operators are waiting to see how early adopters fare before making any major investments in network upgrades. Nevertheless, major service providers worldwide including Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, Telus and Telstra have either announced SDN deployments or are currently undergoing pilots.

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