Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB) has taken the wraps off of its strategy to help carriers address the growing complexity of mobile backhaul. The “smart mobile backhaul” initiative will see the Tellabs 8600 Managed Edge System and Tellabs 8800 Multiservice Router Series work in conjunction with the Tellabs SmartCore 9100 mobile packet core platform. The Tellabs 8000 Intelligent Network Manager will provide overall network management. Tellabs says it also will supply mobile backhaul professional services expertise.
The combination of mobile backhaul, packet core capabilities, and professional services will enable superior network visibility, traffic engineering, and optimal utilization of backhaul capacity, especially in LTE networks, Tellabs asserts. Joining mobile backhaul with a smart mobile packet core enables application awareness, network visibility and control, and network optimization for performance and cost, the company adds.
Tellabs will leverage recent and planned upgrades of its platforms to support its new strategy:
- Tellabs 8600 Managed Edge System: Tellabs tripled the current node capacity of the Tellabs 8600 system to optimize its performance for LTE backhaul. Tellabs will make two new cell site switches, the Tellabs 8609 and Tellabs 8611, available this year. The new platforms will be small (1 RU or 2 RU) but provide high port densities, Tellabs promises.
- Tellabs 8800 Multiservice Router Series: Tellabs more than doubled the switching and Ethernet port capacity of the 8800 to 360 Gbps full-duplex last year. This year, the company plans to leverage the platform’s distributed Ethernet Line Card (ELC) architecture to improve the IP/Ethernet OAM and performance monitoring capabilities of the Tellabs 8800 series. The upgrade will include the ability to support thousands of Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) sessions per node.
Meanwhile, the Tellabs SmartCore 9100 mobile packet core platform, operating as an LTE serving gateway and PDN gateway, will offer integrated deep packet inspection, granular quality of service, and traffic management architecture. It is designed to enable operators to monitor real-time traffic, enforce advanced policy and charging models, and generate revenue from new sources. The SmartCore 9100 is currently in trials with more than a dozen carriers worldwide and is slated for general availability in the first quarter of this year, Tellabs says.
Tellabs adds that upgrades planned for release next year will enable new revenue streams from advertising and applications.