Enabling the Mobile Ecosystem


To enable the mobile ecosystem to deliver high-performance, high-value, and clearly differentiated end-to-end mobile broadband solutions, the industry needs a more efficient, more scalable reference architecture that makes it easier, faster and less expensive for MNOs to scale their capacity to meet demand. This whitepaper details the elements of such an architecture.



Mobile network operators (MNOs) are scaling their infrastructures as fast as they can to try to satisfy today’s insatiable appetite for mobile content while ensuring a high-quality user experience. In the face of commoditization, they are also looking for new ways to monetize their networks through new services. At the same time, mobile service enablers and content and application providers are constantly seeking ways to increase performance of applications that require ever greater bandwidth.


The problem for MNOs is that with their current architecture, they face a significant gap between traffic growth projections and their ability to scale. This gap mirrors what happened to the wired Internet approximately 14 years ago as data demands exploded. And as was true 14 years ago, the problem isn’t solely one of speed to the end user device. Writes Glenn Fleishman in Ars Technica1, “…speed isn’t actually the main reason why every carrier in the developed world is trying to extend the life of 3G networks by speeding them up, and build 4G networks as fast as equipment and financing is available. It’s all about congestion and capacity, not speed.”


To enable the mobile ecosystem to deliver high-performance, high-value, and clearly differentiated end-to-end mobile broadband solutions, the industry needs a more efficient, more scalable reference architecture that makes it easier, faster and less expensive for MNOs to scale their capacity to meet demand. This whitepaper details the elements of such an architecture.

Table of Contents
Introduction 3
Growth, Profitability, and Performance 4
The Limitations of the Current Architecture 5
A Single IP Service Provider 5
MNO-Run Applications and Services 5
Mobile Backhaul 5
The Infrastructure Solution for Mobile Operators 6
Efficiencies in Cost and Operations 7
Neutrality and Direct Connections 7
Roaming and Interoperability 7
Colocating Applications and Services 7
Reducing Overall Network Traffic 7
Backbone Service Procurement 7
Mobile Backhaul Procurement 7
Efficiencies in Network Performance 8
New Revenue Opportunities 9
Platform Equinix – Creating Mobility Centers 10


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