NEC updated its Traffic Management Solution (TMS) to handle the higher throughput needs of 5G networks. This includes the ability to provide network optimization for data transfer rates in excess of 5 Gb/s.
The TMS platform, which was initially launched in early 2014, links with software-defined networking (SDN) to allow mobile operators to manage network traffic. It uses network monitoring and compression technology to automatically scale traffic throughput to the available capacity.
For the latest update, NEC bolstered the component software to improve performance and accuracy of analytics. It also boosted the dynamic transmission control protocol (TCP) optimization to be able to scale network speeds to in excess of 5 Gb/s.
For TCP optimization, the TMS platform acts as a load balancer sitting between a user terminal and server. It terminates and splits TPC sessions to boost overall connection quality.
Trials have returned improvements in outright throughput, download times during the handover between 4G LTE and 5G networks, and the ability to reach maximum speeds during a handover.
NEC has been working with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo on various 5G trials. These include software updates to base stations ahead of DoCoMo’s planned 5G launch in 2020, and trials using millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum.
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