OpenFlow for software defined networking, wireless mesh, distributed hierarchical caching, adaptive bit-rate streaming… The list could go on, but the common denominator for these terms in this context is the development of new network architectures and connectivity concepts for the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network. So why should you care?
The smartphone you’re holding in your hand and using increasingly not only to work, but to watch videos or use social apps –or that you’re handing to your 6 year-old to keep them occupied while you cook dinner– is one of the key drivers of the mobile packet data traffic growth. That growth is putting pressure on the networks, and increasingly the data is moving about in the LTE/4G networks. EPC is an important part of delivering mobile broadband services in LTE networks.
As the world’s specialist in mobile broadband, we at Nokia Siemens Networks are committed in doing research in this field. Some of the research is done in collaboration with other industry leaders and research institutes. One example of such collaboration is a European research project called MEVICO (Mobile Networks Evolution for Individual Communications Experience) that we have been coordinating during the past couple of years.
In March 2013, the project was awarded silver at the Celtic-Plus Awards. The project was commended for the business relevance of the results to operators and the fact that some of the research has already been turned into products. In total, the MEVICO project consortium, which was formed by 23 organizations from 8 European countries, demonstrated 11 new solutions and presented over 50 conference papers and publications. The university partners had over 20 Master’s and PhD theses completed or in progress. All this was done with the simple aim of providing faster and better mobile broadband experience.