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Next Generation Core Wireless Networks: Bridging the Gap to 3G

  • ID: 6755
  • March 2002
  • 123 Pages
  • Pioneer Consulting
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Driven by the need for increased capacity, global roaming capabilities, and the growing use of wireless data over the Internet, carriers are migrating to 3G infrastructures. In order to succeed, carriers must make profound changes in the core Mobile Switching Center (MSC)-changes that, if overlooked, will compromise an operator’s ability to compete. By implementing softswitch-based technologies in the MSC, carriers can create a more flexible, cost-effective and open network environment that supports faster service creation and delivery as they migrate from 2G to 2.5G to packet-enabled 3G networks. This is the only report available that examines the new demands 3G network migration is placing on the MSC and promising technologies carriers can implement to prepare for the future. The report identifies global market demand for next generation MSC technologies, namely, wireless softswitches and media gateways. It also defines the requirements for, and migration path to, the high-performance, packet-based wireless core infrastructure. The report also examines: · The evolving core of narrowband wireless networks · Key players and solutions wireless operators are deploying today · Evolving standards and enabling technologies · Mobility challenges and architectural requirements for softswitch-based wireless networks · The emergence of Mobile Virtual Network Operators · Requirements for next-generation enhanced services · The Role of SIP · Software radio technology, which will accelerate 3G migration in the Radio Access Network

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Chapter 1: Executive Summary
1.1 Overview
1.2 Market Dynamics and Economics
1.3 Demand Forecasts
1.4 Major Conclusions

Chapter 2: Overview of Study
2.1 Definition
2.2 Scope
2.3 Objective
2.4 Methodology

Chapter 3: Technology Overview
3.1 Traditional Narrowband Wireless Network Infrastructure

3.1.1 Radio Access Network

3.1.1.1 Conventional Data Overlay Architecture
3.1.1.2 Base Station Subsystem

3.1.2 Core Network

3.1.2.1 Mobile Switching Center
3.1.2.2 Home Location Register
3.2 Proliferation of Standards

3.2.1 Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS)
3.2.2 Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)
3.2.3 Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
3.2.4 Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
3.2.5 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
3.2.6 Enhanced Data Rates for GSM & TDMA Evolution (EDGE)
3.2.7 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)
3.3 Next Generation Narrowband Wireless Network Infrastructure

3.3.1 Software Defined Radio (SDR) Base Station
3.3.2 The All IP Wireless Network

3.3.2.1 Next-Generation Mobile Switching Center
3.3.2.2 Wireless Softswitch Architecture
3.3.2.3 Signaling Gateways and Application Servers
3.3.2.4 Packet Data Server Node
3.4 Technology Challenges

3.4.1 Spectrum
3.4.2 Signaling System #7
3.4.3 Network Consolidation
3.4.4 Evolution of Transport Technologies
3.4.5 Quality of Service
3.4.6 The Role of SIP
3.4.7 Data Rates and Coverage
3.5 Industry Associations

3.5.1 Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA)
3.5.2 CDMA Development Group (CDG)
3.5.3 GSM Association
3.5.4 International Softswitch Consortium
3.5.5 International Wireless Telecommunications Association (IWTA)
3.5.6 Mobile Wireless Internet Forum (MWIF)
3.5.7 Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum
3.5.8 Universal Mobile Telecommunication Systems (UMTS) Forum

Chapter 4: Market Drivers for Wireless IP Convergence
4.1 Narrowband Wireless Subscriber Growth
4.2 Emergence of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
4.3 Favorable Market Conditions

4.3.1 Internet Penetration
4.3.2 Technology Advances
4.3.3 Next-Generation Services

Chapter 5: Wireless Equipment Market

Chapter 6: Service Provider Market

Chapter 7: Mobile Switching Center Market Forecasts
7.1 Forecast Methodology

7.1.1 Forecast Models
7.1.2 Business Cycle Impacts
7.1.3 Forecast Demand Drivers and Suppressants
7.1.4 Key Assumptions
7.2 Overview of Cellular Subscriber Growth
7.3 Overview of MSC Equipment Forecasts
7.4 Traditional MSC Demand Forecasts
7.5 Wireless Softswitch Demand Forecasts
7.6 Summary & Conclusions

List of Exhibits

Chapter 1: Executive Summary
Exhibit 1.1: The All-IP Wireless Network
Exhibit 1.2: Migration to a Common Global Standard
Exhibit 1.3: Fisher-Pry Model
Exhibit 1.4: Gompertz Model
Exhibit 1.5: Economic Assumptions (Annual Percent Growth in Real GDP)
Exhibit 1.6: Worldwide MSC Equipment Revenue (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 1.7: Worldwide MSC Equipment Revenue (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 1.8: Worldwide Wireless Softswitch Revenue (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 1.9: Worldwide Wireless Softswitch Revenue (Millions, USD)

Chapter 2: Overview of Study
Exhibit 2.1: Example of a 3G Wireless Data Network
Exhibit 2.2: Example of An All-IP Wireless Network

Chapter 3: Technology Overview
Exhibit 3.1: Key Developments in Wireless History
Exhibit 3.2: CDMA Wireless Networks Today
Exhibit 3.3: Predominant Narrowband Wireless Standards
Exhibit 3.4: Traditional Backhaul Architecture
Exhibit 3.5: How IIF Works in a Converged GSM and TDMA Network
Exhibit 3.6: The GPRS Backbone in a GSM/TDMA Network
Exhibit 3.7 GSM and GPRS Modulation Schemes
Exhibit 3.8: Requirements for GSM, Edge and UMTS
Exhibit 3.9 Expected Throughput Rates for EDGE, GPRS and UMTS
Exhibit 3.10: The All-IP Wireless Network
Exhibit 3.11: Traditional Radios Compared to Software Defined Radios
Exhibit 3.12: A Few SDR Pioneers
Exhibit 3.13: SCPA vs. MCPA
Exhibit 3.14: WSI’s Mobile Transmitter and Receiver Architecture
Exhibit 3.15: Migration to a Common Global Standard
Exhibit 3.16: U.S. Carrier Migration Paths to 3G
Exhibit 3.17: Potential for Wireless Softswitches
Exhibit 3.18: Airslide’s SMS Over IP Solution
Exhibit 3.19: A Common Shared Network
Exhibit 3.20: Shared UTRAN
Exhibit 3.21: End-User Penetration of Major Inventions
Exhibit 3.22 UMTS Forum Structure

Chapter 4: Market Drivers for Wireless IP Convergence
Exhibit 4.1: Worldwide Cellular Subscriber Forecast: 2002–2008 (Millions)
Exhibit 4.2: Worldwide Cellular Subscriber Penetration Rates: 1991–2008
Exhibit 4.3: Global Internet User Forecasts, 1996–2006 (Thousands)
Exhibit 4.4: Regional Growth in Internet Hosts, 1996–2006 (Thousands of Hosts)
Exhibit 4.5: UMTS 3G Services Framework

Chapter 5: Wireless Equipment Market
Exhibit 5.1: Traditional MSC Vendors
Exhibit 5.2: Next Generation Wireless Solution Vendors (RAN and Core)
Exhibit 5.3: Core Network Vendors

Chapter 6: Service Provider Market
Exhibit 6.1: Wireless Contracts By Vendor: 2001
Exhibit 6.2: Emerging MVNOs

Chapter 7: Mobile Switching Center Market Forecasts
Exhibit 7.1: Overview of Forecast Regions
Exhibit 7.2: Fisher-Pry Model
Exhibit 7.3: Generic Fisher-Pry Plot
Exhibit 7.4: Gompertz Model
Exhibit 7.5: Economic Assumptions (Annual Percent Growth in Real GDP)
Exhibit 7.6: Worldwide Cellular Subscriber Forecast (Millions)
Exhibit 7.7: Worldwide Cellular Subscriber Forecast (Millions)
Exhibit 7.8: Worldwide MSC Equipment Revenue (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.9: Worldwide MSC Equipment Revenue (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.10: Worldwide MSC Equipment Revenue by Region (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.11: Worldwide MSC Equipment Revenue by Region (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.12: Regional Shares of MSC Equipment Revenue (2002–2008)
Exhibit 7.13: Worldwide Traditional MSC Switch Revenue (Millions, USD
Exhibit 7.14: Worldwide Traditional MSC Switch Revenue (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.15: Worldwide Traditional MSC Switch Revenue by Region (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.16: Worldwide Traditional MSC Switch Revenue by Region (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.17: Worldwide Wireless Softswitch Revenue (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.18: Worldwide Wireless Softswitch Revenue (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.19: Worldwide Wireless Softswitch Revenue by Region (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.20: Worldwide Wireless Softswitch Revenue by Region (Millions, USD)
Exhibit 7.21: Summary of Forecasts—By Region and Solution (Revenues in Millions, USD)

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