Making more of 3G

The Effnet Group has released a product suite aimed at improving the efficiency of wireless IP networks, such as 2.5 G and 3G mobile systems.

The new product suite is called EffnetEdge Header Compression Suite for Mobile Networks. The products, which will begin shipping this quarter, help manufacturers and operators to squeeze up to 300% more interactive content through the mobile phone infrastructure.

As the worldwide telephone industry moves toward deployment of high data-rate 2.5G and 3G mobile networks, the demands on the infrastructure will be tremendous. By using a technology called header compression, the IP packet header overhead in the communication can be reduced to a minimum, which leaves more capacity for the actual content. This is vital to enable glitch-free transport, especially for multimedia content such as interactive audio and video, and games.

The EffnetEdge Header Compression Suite for Mobile Networks includes a commercial implementation of the Robust Header Compression (ROHC) protocol specified by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Robust Header Compression is a vital component of the ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) endorsed UMTS standards.

The EffnetEdge Header Compression Suite for Mobile Networks provides mobile telephony operators, handset OEMs, infrastructure equipment manufacturers, and component vendors an opportunity to purchase and evaluate header compression technology that satisfies the UMTS standards for 2.5G and 3G mobile handsets.

The product suite includes all the IP header compression protocols specified by UMTS Releases 3, 4 and 5. The products, Effnet ROHC (Robust Header Compression) and Effnet IPHC (Internet Protocol Header Compression), implement the official IETF standards RFC 3095 and RFC 2507, respectively. The ROHC standard in particular, is designed to perform under the demanding requirements of wireless communication links, which are subject to high latency, long round-trip times and lossy transmissions. Header compression can reduce total IPv6 packet size by as much as 75%, increasing bandwidth and interactive response while reducing latency and packet loss.

In addition to a complete software reference implementation of all relevant header compression protocols, the EffnetEdge Header Compression Suite for Mobile Networks provides a validation environment that facilitates testing and verification of the header compression software within a customer’s target architecture.

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