Huawei, China Unicom commercially deploy tiny Atom Router

Huawei and China Unicom Guangdong Branch (Guangdong Unicom) say they've deployed the world's first Atom Router for commercial use.

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Atom Router (Image source: Huawei)

Unveiled last year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, Spain, the finger-sized router is believed to be the world's tiniest, but it packs a punch.

For starters, it delivers smarter pipes to facilitate network operation and maintenance (O&M) and service innovation, according to the vendor. By providing visible service performance, real-time service level agreement (SLA) measuring and accurate SLA reporting, and quick fault location capabilities, the router enables service-aware network O&M.

The router also promises to allow smooth network evolution, such as an upgrade from GSM/UMTS to LTE/LTE-Advanced backhaul networks, from IPv4 to IPv6 networks and from traditional DCs to future-ready DCs. In addition, software-defined network-enabled Atom Routers allows operators to develop and provision service applications as required for on-demand network deployment.

Guangdong Unicom's deployment, which uses the Huawei Intelligent Perception solution, will help Guangdong Unicom build "industry-leading bearer networks" to deliver optimized mobile service experiences to users, according to the press release.  

Guangdong Unicom developed the concept of the "optimal user experience" with a focus on building bearer networks that streamline user services in an E2E manner and are critical to the user experience, but faced challenges related to a lack of basic data, network perception tools and evaluation systems.

To address those challenges, Huawei and Guangdong Unicom embarked on a joint project last June to deploy Huawei's SmartSense solution with the Atom Router. The E2E solution features benefits such as the ability to monitor service quality, including measuring packet loss rate and delay of end-to-end service packets transmitted on an IP network to determine network performance.

The "traffic snapshot" technology identifies and records instantaneous second-grade traffic peaks in real-time to assist in precise network planning, while anti-congestion technology is used to counter the congestion, packet loss and jitter caused by bursty traffic.

For more:
- see the press release
- see this Telecompaper article

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