By Simon Duddy
IPWireless extends IP core functionality to make 3G more efficient for users and operators.
IPWireless has announced the release of its latest UMTS TD-CDMA network software, which will allow operators to implement full packet inspection and prioritisation capabilities on their networks. The vendor says this will extend the benefits of an IP core to a 3G air interface.
IPWireless says the new platform enables operators to offer a new set of differentiated mobile broadband services, full network quality of service (QOS) on a service-by-service basis, and an improved customer experience for real-time applications. The platform is available as a software upgrade for existing operators.
“By extending the benefits of an all-IP network to the air interface, we create a win-win for both consumers and operators,” says Bill Jones, COO of IPWireless.
“Consumers will experience a whole new level of performance while operators can offer a new set of mobile services and maximise their revenue per bit,” he adds.
The idea is that the new platform, combined with TD-CDMA’s very high downlink and uplink performance, low latency, and support for a high number of simultaneous users, will allow operators to offer a range of differentiated mobile broadband services to both enterprise and consumer markets.
Thus, premium corporate, VoIP, gaming or video applications can be assigned as high priority network resources and will not be impacted by network congestion during peak traffic times, while peer to peer or other bandwidth intensive but latency insensitive applications are held back.
The packet prioritisation platform inspects all the packets on both the uplink and downlink and works with the network scheduler to prioritise these packets based on operator defined preferences in the network management system.
Operators can prioritise packets based on both the type of service, as well as the type of user. The platform can also map a packet to either a shared channel or to a dedicated channel on the network based on the service requirement and economics.
The platform provides a mapping of IP core network QoS settings to service definitions in the TD-CDMA radio access network, including the extraction and setting of DiffServ or MPLS values.