The Networks business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), the main provider of indoor TD-LTE coverage at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, has teamed with several industry leaders in providing the world’s first end-to-end TD-LTE solution at the expo. The Motorola end-to-end TD-LTE network includes subscriber devices, eNodeB, backhaul, evolved packet core (EPC), billing and LTE manager, with vendors including Aricent, Bridgewater Systems, Cisco, Continuous Computing, Emerson Network Power, IBM, Innofidei and Sequans.
“At Shanghai Expo, we continue to demonstrate our leadership in developing 4G solutions that utilize our own field-proven innovation as well as leverage components from best-in-class vendors for the core and devices,” said Fred Gabbard, vice president, product management, Motorola Networks. “By continuing to promote and drive the LTE ecosystem, we’re making TD-LTE a commercial reality to help operators bring a true broadband experience to their subscribers.”
Motorola is working with Innofidei and Sequans for chipset/terminal solutions to demonstrate a high-quality video wall including 24 simultaneous video streams, remote monitoring and high-speed Internet browsing applications running on the Motorola TD-LTE network. Motorola also added to its list of world’s first LTE achievements by running and scheduling multiple devices with multiple vendors on a single sector at the expo, demonstrating the maturity of Motorola’s LTE solution including its intelligent, proprietary OFDM scheduler that can help increase capacity on a loaded cell. Innofidei and Sequans provide Motorola with commercial-size TD-LTE USB dongles.
Motorola’s next-generation WBC 700 portfolio – the EPC component of the network – helps operators meet rapid growth in subscriber demands for mobile broadband by giving them the opportunity to increase revenue while reducing cost per bit. Motorola’s WBC 700 solution is engineered with a design philosophy of a distributed architecture that can scale independently for data traffic or control messaging, giving operators the performance and capacity they will need to effectively operate their LTE networks and the flexibility to support future growth.
Motorola’s WBC 700 mobility management entity (MME) is architected around a unique, best-in-class combination of Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) hardware from Emerson Network Power plus Trillium SCTP FastPath software and advanced packet processing blades from Continuous Computing featuring NetLogic Microsystems’ (NASDAQ: NETL) multi-core processor technology to deliver high levels of security, reliability and performance required for LTE now and in the future. Motorola’s WBC 700 packet data network and serving gateways (P-GW and S-GW) solution is built on a purpose-built, world-class, multi-technology gateway platform from Cisco that is deployed today in a variety of 2G, 3G and 4G infrastructure roles. The S-GW and P-GW functions can be added to an existing deployed platform and give the operator an easy migration approach to LTE, offering operators the ability to migrate to a single core for 2G/3G/4G and lowering their operating expenses.
Motorola is also using the Bridgewater® Home Subscriber Server (HSS) from Bridgewater Systems as part of its end-to-end LTE solution at the expo. The HSS is a master repository that houses subscriber and device information. It also manages subscriber identities, service profiles, authentication, authorization and quality of service in real-time. Motorola and Bridgewater are working on several LTE trials and deployments with major operators across the globe using both the Bridgewater HSS and Policy Controller Rules Function (PCRF) to manage subscribers, devices and applications.
Also at the expo, Motorola’s network management system (NMS) solution manages its TD-LTE network. This is the first TD-LTE deployment of the Motorola 4G NMS solution that was developed in conjunction with IBM using the IBM Tivoli Netcool software. A pre-integrated management solution that helps improve network and service availability and lowers operating expenses for customers, NMS improves the efficiency of the network operations center (NOC) by reducing outages with advanced correlation, reporting mechanisms, and automated actions that accelerate outage recovery. Motorola teamed with IBM to develop its NMS solution that can be used by service providers of all sizes. It is capable of managing all third-party equipment provided by Motorola and a number of other third-party manufacturers.
Motorola is also collaborating with Aricent to integrate its Active Mediation Server (AMS) software as a key enabling component of its charge gateway (CGW) solution. AMS is part of Aricent’s broad range of award-winning 4G software frameworks and product lifecycle services portfolio, including LTE and WiMAX. It acts as a single gateway to mediate usage and event-based records in a 4G LTE network and provides a single interface to legacy billing solutions. Existing billing and back office solutions can continue to function with the new 4G technology introduction by installing the Motorola CGW solution for both pre-paid and post-paid charging records.