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April 3, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent introduces Evolved Packet Core

All-IP EPC to help operators deliver better broadband services using LTE technology

By CBR Staff Writer

Alcatel-Lucent has introduced its Evolved Packet Core, an all-IP portfolio designed specifically for operators planning to offer mobile broadband services using LTE technology.

According to the company, LTE is a new wireless broadband technology that offers data speeds comparable to the fastest fixed broadband technologies, and offers reduced latency to ensure a high-quality end-user experience for real-time, multimedia services.

The Evolved Packet Core (EPC) incorporates four elements, including: the Mobility Management Entity and Dynamic Services Controller, which manage dynamic mobility and policy; and the Serving Gateway and Packet Data Network gateway, which are implemented as plug-in hardware and software modules for the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router, said Alcatel-Lucent.

In addition, the EPC integrates with the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Evolution Transport Architecture, providing a smooth all-IP evolution path to LTE technologies in both the transport and core networks.

Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP activities, said: The move to LTE is one of the most critical network transformations we will see within the next five-10 years. 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.

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