All-IP Evolved Packet Core leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s IP routing and triple play expertise to help operators deliver the “ultimate wireless broadband” experience.
Alcatel-Lucent introduced on Wednesday its Evolved Packet Core (EPC), an all-IP portfolio designed specifically for operators planning to offer mobile broadband services using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.
Already selected by leading adopters of LTE such as Verizon Wireless, the Alcatel-Lucent EPC – a critical element of the company’s end-to-end LTE solution – leverages the company’s expertise in IP service routing and unmatched experience in the deployment of wireline “triple play” networks.
“The move to LTE is one of the most critical network transformations we will see within the next 5-10 years,” said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP activities.
“Consumers are now using their wireless devices for more sophisticated broadband applications and mobile operators have recognized that a new IP network architecture is required to meet the resulting demands,” Alwan said.
“The EPC plays a pivotal role in enabling operators who move to LTE to meet the significant market expectations for better service at lower cost,” said Stephane Teral, Principal Analyst, Mobile and FMC Infrastructure with Infonetics.
What is LTE?
LTE is a new wireless broadband technology that offers data speeds comparable to the fastest fixed broadband technologies, and offers significantly reduced latency to ensure a high-quality end-user experience for real-time, multimedia services. As consumers embrace high-bandwidth, multimedia and Web services on their mobile devices, operators are moving to LTE to provide the performance, quality and ubiquitous coverage required to remain competitive in the market.
The Evolved Packet Core incorporates four elements, including: the Mobility Management Entity (MME) and Dynamic Services Controller (DSC), which manage dynamic mobility and policy; and the Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network (PDN) Gateway, which are implemented as plug-in hardware and software modules for the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router. With the 7750 SR, operators are able to deploy a single router that supports 2G, 3G and LTE as well as wireline networks, reducing cost, complexity and space requirements.
In addition, the EPC integrates with the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Evolution Transport Architecture (META), providing a smooth all-IP evolution path to LTE technologies in both the transport and core networks.