Ericsson, NSN tighten Wi-Fi and 3G integration

Ericsson, NSN tighten Wi-Fi and 3G integration

21 MAY 2013

In two separate announcements, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) have announced products aimed at helping operators better coordinate Wi-Fi and 3G networks.

Ericsson unveiled its 3GPP-compliant Wi-Fi network access, control and management products.

Using real-time traffic steering that can dynamically optimise network resources, operators can allow customers to automatically access the best connection available, whether it be Wi-Fi or mobile broadband.

Most smartphone users, claims Ericsson, have experienced the frustration of being automatically connected to a Wi-Fi network only to face a noticeably slower connection speed.

The Ericsson solution is aimed at remedying the problem, optimising network resources, and making it easier for operators to incorporate Wi-Fi in their so-called Het-Net strategy.

As part of its announcement, Ericsson launched a “high performance” indoor Wi-Fi access solution using 802.11ac, which is common on tablets and increasingly prevalent on smartphones.

Two new cloud-controller options from Ericsson, both featuring 3GPP interfaces to the mobile core, are designed to make it easier for operators to add Wi-Fi to their existing mobile services.

NSN is bullish, too, about enhancements made to its Smart Wi-Fi solution, claiming that it now provides the “industry’s most comprehensive traffic steering capabilities between cellular and Wi-Fi networks”.

Launched at MWC 2013, NSN has now extended Smart Wi-Fi with two new tools: Wi-Fi Service Manager and Wi-Fi Activation Manager.

With these tools, says NSN, operators can get access to real-time information about their own or partnered Wi-Fi access points.

And with dynamic traffic steering between cellular and Wi-Fi networks based on real-time network load, there is the added promise of improving the customer experience.


Ken Wieland

Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight...More

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