Cellular Backhaul Suite aids all-IP radio access migration.

Press Release Summary:

Cellular backhaul products include ACE-3600 multiservice aggregation unit; LA-130 cell-site gateway for delivering HSDPA over xDSL; Gmux-2000 carrier-class compressed voice trunking gateway; and Vmux-420 A-bis/A-ter optimization gateway. Each optimizes cellular backhaul bandwidth from 2G, 3G, and 3.5G cell sites, and, using pseudowire emulation technology, hand it off to Ethernet, MPLS, or IP transport network to enable migration to all-IP radio access infrastructure.

Original Press Release:

RAD Introduces a Suite of Cellular Backhaul Products to Facilitate Migration to an All-IP Radio Access Network

Supports Pseudowire Emulation for GSM and UMTS and HSDPA Data Offload to DSL, Metro Ethernet and WiMAX Plus Voice Optimization and Data Compression

At the 3GSM World Congress, to be held February 12-15 in Barcelona, RAD Data Communications will unveil a suite of cellular backhaul products designed to lower the cost of running 2G, 3G and 3.5G voice and data traffic over packet-based networks. These devices have demonstrated convincingly in pre-launch trials their ability to efficiently separate HSDPA traffic to run over DSL circuits and also to deliver TDM-based (GSM) and ATM-based (UMTS REL. 99 services robustly with highly accurate clock distribution and recovery across an asynchronous Ethernet network by applying pseudowire emulation technology adhering to stringent timing standards.

Backhaul Bandwidth to Soar
"The rollout of mobile broadband networks and new services based on UMTS, such as HSDPA and HSUPA, is forecasted to generate an exponential growth in demand for cellular backhaul bandwidth," explains Gaby Junowicz, Director of Business Development at RAD Data Communications. "HSDPA, for example, promises to deliver up to 14.4 Mbps peak service throughput per each mobile subscriber. Analysts predict that as a result of this soaring demand for bandwidth, cellular operators spending on backhaul links will double in 2009 compared to 2005," says Junowicz. "At the same time, however, mobile operators expect their average revenue per user (ARPU) to plunge in the coming years as they compete against fixed line operators for the same user base."

According to Junowicz, "the biggest challenge facing mobile operators is handling capacity growth across the network. Buying four or eight E1/T1 lines is not scalable or cost-effective for backhaul when a 10 Mbps Ethernet connection goes for a fraction of the cost of leased circuits - and bandwidth can be added incrementally with relative ease over a variety of media, including WiMAX, cable and PONs."

Hybrid Approach to HSDPA
A recent report published by Infonetics Research shows that while the migration to IP-based backhaul is clearly underway, it will be a gradual process, because TDM mobile backhaul provisioning is a multi-billion dollar business that carriers won't give up readily. Carriers also need time to gain trust with the new IP/Ethernet equipment. "For this reason," proposes Junowicz, "mobile operators will adopt a hybrid approach in which legacy voice and real-time traffic like video will be carried over existing leased lines or deterministic networks while HSDPA will be transported over affordable Ethernet-based connections." Nevertheless, he says, "the pressure to reduce Opex in the backhaul will eventually sway mobile operators to migrate to packet-based transport networks while standards activities and traffic engineering will provide them with the necessary comfort level."

Fixed Mobile Convergence
Cost-cutting aside, the biggest boon to shifting to a packet network for cellular backhaul transport is that it is suitable for fixed-mobile convergence (FMC). "Broadband customers today want the same user experience whether they are in front of their IPTV at home or downloading to their mobile handset on the road," continues Junowicz. "Since the underlying technology behind this is IP, mobile operators and service providers will be able to assure seamless transport by using the same packet-switched infrastructure for mobile and wireline business and residential services."

New Products at 3GSM World Congress
RAD's suite of cellular backhaul products being introduced at 3GSM World include the ACE-3600 multiservice aggregation unit, supporting pseudowire transport of ATM over packet-based networks, the LA-130 cell-site gateway for delivering HSDPA over xDSL, the Gmux-2000 carrier-class compressed voice trunking gateway, and the Vmux-420 A-bis/A-ter optimization gateway.

"What all of these different devices have in common," explains Junowicz, "is their ability to optimize cellular backhaul bandwidth from 2G, 3G and 3.5G cell sites and using pseudowire emulation technology hand it off to an Ethernet, MPLS or IP transport network, thus enabling the migration to an all-IP radio access infrastructure."

"For better or worse, RAD will not be alone in this marketplace," acknowledges Junowicz. "Independent research confirms that this trend will sweep the mobile backhaul environment in the next few years, with one report predicting that 99% of all IP mobile backhaul equipment will be pseudowire-enabled by 2009."

About RAD
Founded in 1981, RAD Data Communications is now marking 25 years of innovation as an industry leader in the development of access solutions for data and telecommunications applications. RAD's solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 10,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 23 RAD offices and more than 300 channel partners in 164 countries.

RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions.

RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com

Bob Eliaz, RAD Data Communications

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