Vasona Networks Introduces SmartAIR1000 For Mobile Operators To Manage Individual Cell Congestion And Improve Subscriber Experiences

Tools

Industry's first edge application controller works at cell level and at application network layer
to manage all bandwidth, including streaming media, web browsing and downloads


Santa Clara, Calif., February 6, 2013 – Vasona Networks, Inc.®, a provider of platforms for mobile network capacity and resource management, today announces the SmartAIR1000™ edge application controller to address cellular bandwidth congestion. The platform works with traffic across all applications, at granularity of every cell in a network. It assesses and acts on congestion based on exactly where it is occurring and what is causing it. Bandwidth is allocated to each application in real time for the best overall subscriber experiences. This solution empowers mobile operators to more effectively use resources as they face expensive and complex upgrades to add network capacity.

As subscribers use more devices and bigger screens to consume media, worldwide mobile traffic is skyrocketing. Operators have invested in raw capacity upgrades and network tools to meet this demand but struggle to gain control at a key trouble point — the cell. The SmartAIR1000 addresses this frequent bottleneck with a comprehensive approach that determines each cell's current capacity and characteristics of each of its concurrent sessions, whether streaming audio and video, web browsing, file downloads, or others. The platform can then ensure that all available bandwidth is allocated according to the nature of each application and media-type. This capability is not possible with single-purpose solutions that only address one type of data or media, or solutions that lack perspective on which sessions are causing problems and where those problems are occurring.

"Mobile networks can be unruly because traffic has no regard for other traffic — selfishly contending for as much resource and capacity as it can get," says Biren Sood, CEO of Vasona Networks. "Vasona Networks is working closely with mobile operators on establishing the SmartAIR platform to overcome bandwidth contention problems and enhance subscriber experiences."

Always Watching, Acting Just As Congestion Occurs

The SmartAIR1000 is compatible with 3G and 4G networks, including cdma2000, UMTS/HSPA and LTE. Inserting transparently between the radio access network (RAN) and the core network, the platform employs a variety of techniques that span mobile network mapping, high-speed packet processing, and Vasona Networks' RateControl™ technology. This results in unprecedented comprehension of what media and data are being delivered by what applications in which particular cells. The SmartAIR1000 monitors fluctuating cell capacity and session loads, intelligently assigning bandwidth to each application just before congestion impacts subscriber experiences. It is a standards-based edge application controller that can work in conjunction with other network tools commonly deployed by mobile operators, including policy servers, video optimizers, caching solutions and deep packet inspectors.

"By intelligently and flexibly managing traffic at the level of the cell within each RAN, solutions such as the edge application controller provide mobile operators with the vital functionality they need to assure the best subscriber experiences," says Monica Paolini, president of mobile technology and services analyst firm Senza Fili Consulting. "This value will further increase as mobile service usage continues explosive growth."

Vasona Networks will demonstrate the SmartAIR1000 at Mobile World Congress in Hall 2, Stand 2D50 of Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, February 25-28. For more information, visit www.vasonanetworks.com.
 
About Vasona Networks

Founded in 2010, Vasona Networks, Inc.® works with global mobile network operators to deliver better subscriber experiences. The company's pioneering edge application controller, the SmartAIR1000™, takes a holistic approach to addressing mobile network data traffic that occurs in each cell, monitoring every application demanding bandwidth. With this visibility, Vasona Networks' RateControl™ technology allocates bandwidth by precise determination of user needs and experiences. The company has received investments from Bessemer Venture Partners and New Venture Partners. Vasona Networks is based in Santa Clara, California, with research and development offices in Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, visit www.vasonanetworks.com.