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Flat IP Architectures for Mobile Networks
With increasing customer demand for real-time data applications over mobile broadband networks, wireless operators are turning to flat IP network architectures to lower costs, reduce system latency, and decouple radio access and core network evolution. As well as being aligned with emerging application requirements, flat networks should deliver substantial cost and flexibility benefits. Operators are equally motivated by the realization that today's hierarchical architectures, conceived in the circuit-switched era, will not be able to efficiently support mass-market, real-time IP services in the medium term.

This report examines five key technology paths to the flat all-IP mobile network, from innovative base station router products and 3G specification enhancements, to next-generation system architectures based on the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMax), Long Term Evolution (LTE)/System Architecture Evolution (SAE), and Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB) standards. It also analyzes the strategies and product roadmaps of leading equipment suppliers looking to support operators in the move to next-generation mobile broadband and use this disruptive opportunity to win market share.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (uni0607_toc.pdf)
Most of the flat network architectures being proposed are similar at a high level, even if specific implementations vary. Despite entrenched interests, there is remarkable agreement that mobile networks will move toward a two-box architecture, consisting of base stations and access gateways at the user plane and cross-network mobility nodes in the control plane, as depicted in Excerpt 1.
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The report analyzes the strategies and product roadmaps of 13 leading equipment suppliers focused on the evolution of mobile network architectures. Excerpt 2 provides a summary of each company's positioning.
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Companies analyzed in this report include: Airvana Inc. (Nasdaq: AIRV proposed); Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU); Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR); Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO); Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC); Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.; Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR); Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT); NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY); Nokia Siemens Networks B.V., a joint venture of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE); Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE: NT); Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC); and Starent Networks Corp. (Nasdaq: STAR).
Total pages: 30
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