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Motorola Demos TD-LTE At Shanghai Expo

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Motorola's networks unit has partnered with a number of industry vendors to provide an indoor, end-to-end TD-LTE network at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the manufacturer said this week.

Among the services being provided on the network are subscriber devices, eNodeB, backhaul, evolved packet core (EPC), billing, and LTE management, from vendors including Aricent, Bridgewater Systems, Cisco Systems, Continuous Computing, Emerson Network Power, IBM, Innofidei, and Sequans, Motorola said.

"At Shanghai Expo, we continue to demonstrate our leadership in developing 4G solutions that utilize our own field-proven innovation as well as leverage components from best-in-class vendors for the core and devices," said Fred Gabbard, VP of product management, Motorola Networks, in a statement. "By continuing to promote and drive the LTE ecosystem, we're making TD-LTE a commercial reality to help operators bring a true broadband experience to their subscribers."

Innofidei and Sequans are providing chipset/terminal hardware to create a high-quality video wall capable of producing 24 simultaneous video streams, remote monitoring, and high-speed internet access for browsing applications on the Motorola TD-LTE network, the company said. The expo is also showcasing the network's capability to run and schedule multiple devices from multiple vendors on a single sector and its proprietary OFDM scheduler to help increase capacity on a loaded cell, Motorola said.

The network's EPC component, Motorola's next-generation WBC 700 series, can help operators increase revenue while reducing cost per bit by meeting the increasing subscriber demand for mobile broadband, according to Motorola. Its WBC 700 portfolio "is engineered with a design philosophy of a distributed architecture that can scale independently for data traffic or control messaging, giving operators the performance and capacity they will need to effectively operate their LTE networks and the flexibility to support future growth,'' the company said.

Bridgewater Systems' Home Subscriber Server (HSS) is being used as a master repository to store subscriber and device information on the network. HSS also manages subscriber identities, service profiles, authentication, authorization, and real-time quality of service, Motorola said.

Also rounding out the features of the TD-LTE network is Motorola's network management system and the company said the expo is first deployment of the Motorola 4G NMS software, which was developed in tandem with IBM's Tivoli Netcool software. Aricent's Active Mediation Server (AMS) software is being used as a key component of its charge gateway (CGW), Motorola said. CGW mediates usage and event-based records in a 4G LTE network by acting as a single gateway, and also provides legacy billing software through a single interface.