WiMAX LTE Migration: Minding the whirlpool to Ride Waves

With people becoming tech-savvy and generation of advanced technologies, the demand for wireless services is fast evolving. Building up a wireless standard deals with negotiation between participants of ecosystem. In addition to large efforts required for developing standard, even larger efforts are needed to build an efficient, affordable, stable and robust device.

Owing to the fast rising popularity of smart phones and tablets, significant mobility is added to the content and data requirements of subscribers. People are travelling places and so is their business. Serving an individual who is travelling for most of the time is a complex job and has its own set of difficulties. There is a need to establish a network that offers high speed accessibility and flexible plans in first place, expecting proceeds and enhancing average revenue being next crucial consideration. An effective solution that assists in controlling the services, monetization and quality is extremely essential to determine.

As per majority leading experts, due to the faster accessing speed and enhanced user experience offered by 4G LTE, it is the network that is going to matter soon. The WiMAX to LTE migration will give room for new facilities associated with reliability, coverage and strength, opening up doors for high speed augmented services and pioneering apps driven content. According to a recent research conducted on mobile figures, LTE is likely to rise to 1 billion connections by the year 2017. The figure is believed to comprise nearly 15 percent mobile connections.

Service providers planning to take advantage of increasing 4G adoption need to recognize that the value chain created by 4G architecture is likely to be more open than it has ever been in the past. Besides, there is a necessity to account on a trusted partner that can help in successful investment, maximizing return on investment.

In the wireless industry, systems like WiMAX and LTE are beckoning. A battle between WiMax and LTE has settled in favor of LTE, 3GPP compliance, although it is yet to witness many deployments. The newly signed agreement between WiMAX forum and GTI allows operators across the world to use the WiMAX spectrum for deploying LTE operations. Being 3GPP compliant, LTE offers a large number of benefits and better service quality when compared to WiMAX. The introduction of LTE and its endorsement as a substitute to WiMAX might be disturbing for most of the WiMAX operators, planning to select a technology, and for the established operators seeking long-lasting profitability.

WiMAX and LTE possess common features, that is, a flat IP architecture, a physical layer that works on Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) as well as a multiple antenna system techniques (MIMO) to acquire high rates of data. The way these features are implemented is what makes them different from each other. Besides, both LTE and WiMAX have similar architecture, featuring the below mentioned chief elements:

  • Gateways
  • Backhaul systems
  • Consumer devices
  • Management systems
  • Core network elements
  • Base stations
  • Switches, routers, session border controllers and VoIP soft switches

A successful strategy for each of these elements is required when it comes to migrating from one technology from another. Migrating base station between the technologies, although is possible, is a complicated process according to many vendors while others favor it completely. In order to migrate WiMAX base station to LTE, every module should be given separate consideration. For a fact, both LTE as well as WiMAX are designed on the basis of physical layer technology; a radio is able to support both of them.

Given competitive market, customers have wide range of service providers to choose from . Thus, delivering a service is not enough, rather there is a need to deliver high-quality and uninterrupted service that enhances the experience of subscribers using wireless services. In such a scenario, SURE! offers a perfect solution. Some of the benefits offered by this platform to LTE and WiMAX users include:

  • Smooth and error-free migration.
  • Lowest Total Cost of Ownership
  • Scalable solutions related to network growth and upcoming wireless broadband technologies
  • Multiple billing services using single billing system
  • Billing management by integrating varied network elements

Migration of wireless networks is a complex task and must be undertaken with complete understanding, after taking into consideration all the necessary factors. A perfect plan, including timelines and specific steps, is required to carry out the process of migration without any hassle. Support from vendor community is also essential and so is meticulous consideration of promises made by vendors. A financial model capable of capturing all the constituents of a migration plan is a reliable tool to authenticate the requirement of migration and to assess various available migration options in order to determine an ideal strategy for a specific service provider.