Vasona inks congestion management pilot deal with Telefonica UK

Following trials with O2's customers in London, Vasona Networks announced it has inked a pilot deployment agreement with Telefonica UK, the first Tier 1 customer it has publicly identified.

In the London trials, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Vasona says the operator achieved real-time visibility of network traffic and active session management across individual cells when congestion occurred. The pilot will use the VasonaSmartAIR 1000 edge application controller and SmartVision analysis suite.

"Working with Vasona Networks on mobile traffic management and visibility is part of Telefónica's commitment to great customer experiences," said Tommy Björkberg, head of network strategy and programs for Telefónica UK, in a press release. "We field tested in one of the world's most densely-populated markets to confirm the Vasona platforms' abilities to benefit mobile data performance for our customers. This pilot deployment represents the next phase of our work together."

The Vasona SmartAIR1000 leverages dynamic rate control with feedback (DRCF) technology, detecting congestion at the cell level and taking action to minimize latency and avoid packet loss. Such improvement of radio access network (RAN) performance can improve the quality of user experiences, according to the vendor.

Additionally, analytics provided by Vasona SmartVision present both real-time and historical traffic trends across individual cells.

The Telefónica UK pilot currently covers O2's 3G service and spans 700 cell sites in central London.  

Last summer, regional wireless operator Cellcom said it was deploying Vasona's SmartAir1000 edge application controller and SmartVision analysis suite across its footprint in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Cellcom executive vice president and director of corporate development Robert Riordan told the time that it had field tested Vasona's solution for three months starting with a small number of congested cells. The results were so successful that it made sense to roll out Vasona network-wide. The company then made the decision to roll out the solution to manage traffic on every cell site in every sector of the network.

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