20 October 2016

With the evolution of mobile technology generations, we have seen a sharp increase in speed. Today’s 4G LTE networks are more than 100 times faster on average than 2G networks and 10 times faster than 3G networks. Looking forward to 5G networks, the goal is clear. We intend to keep increasing network speeds.      

However, there is more to mobile network performance than speed.

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19 September 2016

At Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Congress 2016, ETSI will host the first ever MEC Proof-of-Concept (PoC) zone. Here is why this is important for MEC and the mobile industry.

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21 July 2016

Pokémon Go is the first viral hit in "agumented reality" mobile gaming, which mixes game and real world interactions. While it is impossible to argue with the game’s success, Pokémon Go is simplistic and rough around the edges. User interactions are very limited and the transition from virtual maps to camera views is abrupt (even with a cute Pokémon lurking on the other side). For now, users are forgiving. As the novelty of a new toy wears off, this will probably change and users will demand better performance and more engaging capabilities. As the mobile AR games become more sophisticated and offer interactivity, latency will play an increasing role in the user experience. With Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), slow mobile networks can be transformed into real-time location-based gaming arenas.  

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11 April 2016

Denial of service (DoS) is a common type of cyber-attack. As the name implies, the attack renders online resources and communication services unavailable to intended users. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is a more sophisticated form for DoS attacks, which are launched from multiple connected devices from different locations across the network in an attempt to take it down.

Most security solutions are based on a perimeter defense approach. This line of defense sensitive filters incoming traffic and prevents potential threats from reaching core network resources. In the case of a volumetric attack, however, the sheer volume rather than specific content causes the defense perimeter to crash. Within a matter of seconds targeted network elements are incapacitated as well.

To effectively mitigate DDoS attacks, mobile operators need to expand the defense perimeter. 

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27 January 2016

Smart and Flexible RAN: Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) from Saguna enhanced with License Assisted Backhaul (LAB) and Unlicensed Assist (ULA) backhaul from Parallel Wireless

 Parallel Wireless, the pioneer in making cellular network deployments and maintenance as easy and cost-effective as enterprise Wi-Fi, and Saguna Networks, a Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) pioneer have teamed up on this reimagined content caching solution.

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18 January 2016

As more member companies join ETSI, MEC moves from the initial architecture and definitions phase to the next phase, where commercial standards and first versions released to the market. We feel pretty confident to predict that during 2016 we will see increasing numbers of MEC trials and initial deployments towards the end of the year.

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30 November 2015

The idea behind Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is to bring computational power and storage to the Radio Access Network (RAN), as close as possible to the mobile user and the IoT device. With MEC, mobile networks can provide low-latency and high bandwidth to content, applications and services.

Let's take a tour through the Internet evolution phases; from the Mobile Internet, to the Internet of Things and onwards to Tactile Internet. 

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28 October 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the hottest trends in communications today. This makes sense since IoT is a broad term used to describe the connectivity of individual elements in our environment in order to improve the way we live, shop, work, drive, and more.

While IoT addresses numerous aspects of life, in this post we want to focus on the intersection of IoT and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) in aspects of urban security. 

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14 October 2015

As a product guy working in a company focused on Mobile Edge Computing, I wondered how the 1st ever Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) congress will reflect industry views about MEC. I was excited to see multiple viewpoints about MEC coming from operators, vendors, standardization groups and the academia presented during the 2-day MEC congress.

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29 July 2015

5G is moving beyond the research labs and into the center stage. However, large scale 5G deployments, expected around 2020, are still a few years away, while LTE is being rolled out worldwide as we speak. This means that as an industry, we need to examine the goals of 5G through our 4G glasses and see what progress can be made towards these crucial goals today.

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17 June 2015

Traveling to Singapore is always a good idea. But it’s especially good for the week of CommunicAsia, Asia’s leading infocomm technology and broadcasting industry event. Here’s a bit of what we saw and learned at the show, through our Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) looking glasses, of course.

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04 June 2015

The Mobile Edge Computing approach enables the entry of new players into the Radio Access Network. It also allows software players, web services and content providers “get closer” to mobile users. Question is what or where exactly is the Edge? Is it the base station, or an aggregation point?

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20 April 2015

We are online almost as a second nature. In our everyday life, more and more questions are answered with “Google it” followed by a swift click on our ever-handy mobile devices. The simple act of going online triggers a cascade of activities. In many cases, it also forces us to spend time waiting due to slow response times. The Mobile Edge Computing DNS Caching can reduce the time spent on DNS resolutions. 

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19 February 2015

Recently, the outdoor small cell market has started to takeoff. However, within the enterprise market, adoption of small-cells has been slow so far. A Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) solution, integrated with the small cells infrastructure may change that.

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29 January 2015

Today’s challenges are the breeding ground of tomorrow’s disruptive technologies. Here are the three most interesting insights from RAN World 2015 event to help mobile network operators with their challenges.

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12 January 2015

The past year has been an eventful and exciting one at Saguna. As we reflect on 2014, we are already caught up in the action that 2015 brings with it.

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16 December 2014

Danny Frydman, our CTO, participated in last week’s meeting of ETSI’s newly created Mobile-Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG). I asked him about the group and its goals – here is what he had to say about it.

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27 November 2014

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) essentially separates the physical underlying infrastructure and the software computational level.  NFV architectures leverage the scalability, performance and cost effectiveness of commercially available hardware platforms which can flexibly run multiple virtualized software function nodes. And there is more. NFV architectures open the door to network innovation. Read on to find out how.

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07 October 2014

Saguna's VP Products, Ofer Talmor, discusses the opportunties provided by an open-RAN platform within a small cell deployment for large venues on the RCR Wireless Reader Forum.

The rapidly increasing consumption of video and rich content on mobile devices in venues with large numbers of mobile users poses a tough challenge and lucrative opportunity for mobile operators. In large venues such as expo halls, shopping malls and sports arenas, operators are forced to seek enhanced infrastructure to support the steep rise in demand. This infrastructure can and should leverage the uniqueness of large venues: physical presence, mutual purpose and digital access are shared by many people. The opportunity lies in bridging the physical and digital worlds to offer a new breed of applications and services.

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30 September 2014

Mobile networks are slower than fixed broadband networks. They are also more prone to congestion delays.

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are very effective in reducing the latency in fixed broadband networks, but in mobile networks, they cannot achieve the same results. Since CDNs operate from outside the mobile network, the round-trip-time (RTT) is long; from the client device to the core network and back. The underlying issue is that mobile networks are ‘centralistic’; all mobile traffic is channeled through the core network.

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31 August 2014

The share of secured mobile data is rising and the data we are consuming as mobile users is becoming more private. This is a good thing, but also has three major disadvantages that affect the user experience when using mobile https. In this blog post we identify these disadvantages and present a novel way to enjoy both secured data and a better user experience.

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31 July 2014

I really like movies of all kinds, but I am especially fond of classical Hollywood movies. In this blog post we’ll see the ingredients needed to create a superb Hollywood hit: a great narrative featuring free data plans, powerful characters commonly known as mobile operators, and an evolving conflict of opposing forces congestion vs. user experience vs. throttled customers. There is also an unexpected, mysterious hero.

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17 June 2014

The use of mobile devices for viewing sports and entertainment is growing quickly, especially in the case of live events. During an event, multiple simultaneous requests for bandwidth intensive video streams chock the mobile network.  The World Cup 2014 is a great example.

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14 May 2014

Guest post for the LTE World Series blog about how getting closer to subscribers can help mobile operators with two of their biggest challenges: enhancing customer loyalty and offering new, differentiating services.

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30 April 2014

Low cost smartphones are fast rising newcomers in the mobile industry. The question is, will their performance be good enough to run  popular rich-media applications and games and  video streaming. The answer may come from a different direction.

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27 March 2014

As online shopping steadily expands worldwide, eCommerce sites must offer fast access and smooth experience to drive conversion and revenues. The challenge is integrating novel technologies into mobile networks while delivering smooth a fast, engaging user experience. 

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24 February 2014

Saguna Networks provides optimization and monetization solutions for LTE networks that operate from the 4G Radio Access Network (RAN). We have released our Open-API solution, which enables mobile operators to easily integrate 3rd party content systems with our RAN-based acceleration & optimization platform.

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10 February 2014

For our demo in MWC 2014, we have created a live mobile network simulation (even if it is a very simplistic model) operating with Saguna CODS. In the demo, you can

  • See the traffic loads across the network and how much bandwidth can be saved
  • Feel the effects of congestion & delays in the network on the user experience
  • Get excited about  the possibilities of a RAN-based open cloud computing platform
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