Thursday, 30 May 2013

Irish carriers spend €500,000 with Data Edge to improve 3G and 4G mobile networks





Data Edge, the leading Irish network and application performance management company, has secured major contracts with four of Ireland’s mobile phone carriers to improve their broadband networks in preparation for the arrival of 4G* later this year.  In deals worth a combined €500,000, Data Edge is supplying specialist timing technology to improve the quality of service on current 3G and forthcoming 4G networks for hundreds of thousands of Irish smartphone, tablet and laptop users.

Mobile consumers of video, music, gaming and other rich multimedia applications are set to get a tangible boost in speeds, resulting in much improved download times and higher quality of streaming. The new high speed Ethernet transmission network will be synchronised using Data Edge’s Grandmaster technology.

These specialist timing technologies** are helping carriers transition their networks smoothly to 4G and maximise the benefits of download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (mbps).   A combined total of 25 Grandmaster clocks are being supplied to the operators.   By providing nanosecond accuracy across the network, these clocks ensure that all mobile base stations are precisely synchronised, thus minimising a common cause of dropped calls.

Paul Phelan, CTO, Data Edge, comments, “The transition to 3G and 4G networks is great news for carriers, businesses and consumers in Ireland, as the underlying Ethernet network will deliver higher bandwidth at lower operational cost. Our synchronised systems are helping to eliminate much of the complexity created by the introduction of Ethernet into the network by improving network efficiency and reducing delay, thus enabling faster data transfer and enhancing experience for mobile and fixed broadband users.”

Brian McBride, managing director, Data Edge, added, “Without doubt, this is the most exciting time for the industry as we look forward to superfast mobile data speeds in the very near future.  While this investment of €500,000 only makes up a very small part of the €855 million which is being invested in these technologies by the main operators in Ireland, it is absolutely essential to facilitate a seamless roll-out of 4G mobile services. Data Edge has been helping telecoms providers with network synchronisation in Ireland since we were established in 1989.”

Data Edge leveraged its exclusive partnerships with Symmetricom and Spirent Communications to deliver these tailored solutions.  It is providing training, management systems and on-going support to accompany the new infrastructure.

To facilitate the growing interest in precision timing and synchronisation technologies, Data Edge will host a free seminar and workshop with leading industry experts, on Tuesday June 11th in Citywest Hotel, Dublin.