Canadian operator Bell Mobility has already signed on to trial the Guardian in its commercial network. Alcatel-Lucent will be demonstrating the product at the upcoming CTIA Wireless 2008 conference in April.
According to Mike Schabel, general manager of the 9900 Wireless Network Guardian at Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, the 9900 differs from other network monitoring products because it looks specifically at wireless network resources, which are different than wired networks. Most operators today use the same tools to monitor wireless networks that they use to track wireline networks. Tools used to monitor wireline networks tend to measure bandwidth only and do not track the impact of different types of traffic on wireless radio access network resources. That is key, Schabel says, because without visibility into the radio access network, carriers may experience network outages. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sue