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A method for extending application providers network to the cellular edge

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000206702D
Publication Date: 2011-May-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to enhance cellular network elements at the edge network with the capability to host and execute (proxy) an application from online services providers, thus allowing such providers to be "present" closer to their users/customers. The association of user traffic with the cellular company terminates at the said element (e.g., at the basestation) and traffic is handed over to the online services provider presence host there. From this point on, the traffic, its quality of service, etc. are the responsibility of the online services provider.

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A method for extending application providers network to the cellular edge

Users are increasingly accessing online (e.g., Internet-based) services (e.g., financial, gaming, auctions, shopping, etc.) through their mobile wireless devices (e.g., smart phones). In response, online services providers (OL

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                                  providers) are updating their offerings and infrastructure to better accommodate their mobile customers and address the unique characteristics and constraints of mobile wireless devices. For example, banks are releasing custom applications (apps) that can be installed in the mobile device; such applications may provide custom interfaces that improve the quality of the user experience (QoE).

However, OL

infrastructure, such as in data centers in the (Internet) cloud far away from where their customers attach to the cellular network. Serving their customers from a distance prevents OL

_providers from further improving QoE by increasing efficiencies (e.g.,

throughput, delay, loss probabilities), tailoring their offerings to the current locales of their customers (especially as they move from one to another), etc.

The cell phone company (CellCo) typically does not provide any added value to these online services simply carrying the data bits and bytes back and forth between the OL

_providers and their customers. A CellCo may face many challenges in trying

providing add-value services such as the cost of understanding user semantics, technical limitations in looking at, analyzing, and processing user content, etc.

Essentially, the current infrastructure is a lose-lose situation for all involved in many cases:
• CellCo does not leverage its infrastructure to provide better service to users (both the OL

_providers and their customers) and obtain additional revenue in return.

• The customers have no options coping service degradation due to congestion in the cellular networks.

• OL

_providers cannot prioritize their users and, in general, adjust QoE they

provide to their customers, as the main bottleneck is in the cellular network over which they have no control.

The disclosed solution is a method to enhance cellular network components (e.g., base-station, which will be used in the rest of this disclosure as an example embodiment) with the capability to host and execute (proxy) applications from
OL

_providers, thus allowing the OL

their users/customers. The association of user traffic with the CellCo terminates at the base-station, radio network controller, etc., (i.e., at an appropriate network element at the edge of the cellular network) and traffic is handed over to the OL

                                             provider. From this point on, the traffic, its quality of service, etc. are the responsibility of the
OL

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_providers typically host their services outside the cellular network

_providers to present their applications closer to

_provider.

The components and process for implementing the solution include:

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1. Certain key edge-of-the-network elements in t...