This blog is by Darrell Davies from the Networks business of Nokia.
Out with the old and in with the new, right? Well, not so fast… In the case of mobile network usage, you’d be forgiven for thinking that since the adoption of a new technology usually means the previous one automatically declines. But the undeniable growth in WCDMA traffic – despite the increase in shiny new LTE traffic – proves otherwise. The fact is, growth in WCDMA traffic does continue, driven by peoples’ almost insatiable desire for mobile broadband and the widespread availability of smartphones.
Industry media continues to report on the tidal wave of data, and Nokia’s latest network figures confirm that WCDMA traffic growth is as strong as ever, as reflected in the demand for network controller capacity.
Earlier this year, Nokia launched the latest version of its Multicontroller Platform and has since then delivered more radio network controllers (RNCs) than ever before. With innovations increasing the capacity per RNC, we’re witnessing an impressive revelation which underlines the growth in data traffic. It also demonstrates the scalability and flexibility of Nokia’s Multicontroller Platform, which certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed by many of the world’s leading operators.
Nokia Multicontroller is the field-proven alternative to cabinet-based RNCs, for which capacity expansion usually means more cabinets and more hardware versus simply adding more modules.
But of course, growth in network traffic is not dependent on the equipment in that network (though it may be limited by it!): it is subscriber driven. The use of smartphones, social media and the associated increase in signaling means that operators must increase control plane capacity in order to cope with the traffic. Unsurprising then that we’ve also seen an increase in demand for capacity upgrades to our traditional network controller platform. So, even if you haven’t already deployed a Nokia Multicontroller, we’re still able to provide upgrades to ensure that you can enjoy excellent performance and maximized return on investment.
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