Operators wanting to expand the coverage and services of their next-generation wireless network may be helped by a new solution developed by CommScope.
CommScope said it is offering a solution to help carriers find mobile devices that are connected to a long-term evolution (LTE) network. CommScope said the GeoLENs Mobile Location Center (MLC) 10.3 solution can then help carriers create new opportunities to boost revenues through personalised location-based services.
CommScope said the launch of the solution is timely with various carriers worldwide having launched recently commercially LTE, a next-generation wireless communication standard. Many more are carriers are doing test runs with plans to commercially deploy LTE in late 2012 or 2013.
Location-based services are seen to be one of the top features that consumers prefer to get from their LTE-powered mobile devices, CommScope quoted a study from TNS as indicating. In the TNS Mobile Life Study, it was revealed that 19 percent of the six billion mobile users are already using location-based services, and three times that number of respondents said they are planning to do so in the near future.
CommScope said it is easy to add LTE location capability to carriers' existing 2G/3G deployments with the GeoLENs upgrade.
"As operators migrate to higher-bandwidth LTE technology, they remain committed to providing subscribers with the same kinds of location-based services (LBS) that proved successful in 2G and 3G domains," said Navin Vohra, vice president, Wireless sales, Asia Pacific and India, CommScope.
CommScope said the fully-integrated GeoLENs MLC consolidates the features found in various network location servers - such as Gateway Mobile Location Center, Serving Mobile Location Center, Enhanced Serving Mobile Location Center, Stand Alone Serving Mobile Location Center and Secure User Plane Location Platform - and put them in one single-bay solution. Carriers wanting to deploy the solution can customise and configure the solution for specific network environment.
"GeoLENs MLC supports combinations of handset-based, network-based and hybrid location technologies. When queried for a location, it automatically selects the optimum available locating method based on the specific request, device and sub-network capabilities. The locating methods and procedures available are selected by the network operator and can be augmented as the network evolves," CommScope said.
CommScope said the new release of the GeoLENs MLC can seamless upgrade any existing CommScope location solution with no new hardware and without affecting services.
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