Showing posts with label Connectem. Show all posts
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Telekom Austria's Serbian Subsidiary Demos vEPC with Connectem and Partners

Telekom Austria Group’s Serbian subsidiary, Vip mobile, demonstrated a fully virtualized LTE stack in a live network delivering data, voice and IMS services.

Connectem provided the virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC). Metaswitch provided its virtualized Clearwater IMS Solution and OpenCloud provided the virtualized VoLTE functionality.

Connectem’s Vip mobile Ecosystem Partners include:

VMware -- Connectem and VMware collaborated to bring VMware vSphere to the VCM solution.  Telekom Austria Group undertook numerous tests to experience the resilience of Connectem VCM across VMware vSphere to understand the long-term implications of running a vEPC in a virtualized infrastructure.

Procera -- Within the Connectem VCM, essential DPI functionality enabling application detection and content optimization is provided by Procera’s NAVL DPI engine. Procera’s software-based DPI technology is well suited to fit within the scalable dataplane of the VCM.  Procera NAVL allows Connectem to integrate this vital traffic treatment function without the performance degradation typically generated by traditional DPI solutions.

Red Hat -- The combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor, and Connectem’s Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) creates an NFV environment providing a high-performance, cost-effective OpenStack managed NFV implementation that can help to increase infrastructure flexibility and that can be scaled up or down to accommodate the needs of the network.

Guenther Ottendorfer, CTO Telekom Austria Group, said, “NFV is a paradigm shift for the global Telecom industry but also shows that there are many innovations on the horizon which will further enhance the customer’s experience and the operator’s ability to meet the customer’s changing expectations. NFV signals a new optimism within our industry, with the potential of offering huge opportunities to reengineer and optimize network infrastructure and deliver better service for our customers.”

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Connectem Envisions a Simplified, Virtualized LTE Packet Core

Connectem, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, is adopting an overlay strategy for its Virtualized LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC), betting that mobile operators will implement its NFV-powered solution first for specific business applications while continuing with their current LTE infrastructure rollouts.  Once the Connectem virtual EPC has proven effective as an overlay delivering specialized services, carriers would then cap the investments in the first generation EPC boxes from the traditional vendors and move more critical packet core functionality into the Connectem solution running on low cost x86 servers.

Connectem, which was founded in 2011, is betting that virtualized EPC software will prove more cost effective and scalable in addressing signaling and data throughput in LTE networks.

While the incumbent EPC suppliers are also pursuing NFV implementations, Connectem argues that they are going about it in the wrong way by essentially re-creating virtual machines in the cloud for each of the nodes that exist in the current networks.  In other words, the traditional equipment suppliers will likely supply NFV solutions with separate VMs for existing MME, HHS, PCRF, S-Gateway and P-Gateway node. A great deal of complexity will be inherent in building scalable interfaces between each of these VM nodes.  Connectem, on the other hand, proposes to dismantle the idea of a separate VM node for each function in the packet core.  Its model removes the encode/decode layers at the interface between each node, thereby simplifying the entire evolved packet core.

Connectem conducted its first virtual EPC live network trial with Singtel/Optus in December 2012 and now cites numerous trials around the world.  In terms of interoperability, the company says it has been tested alongside solutions from NSN and Huawei for delivering services to iOS and Android devices.

In November, Connectem signed a distribution agreement Macnica Networks, an integration company serving  mobile network operators in Japan.  In terms of other industry partnerships, Connectem has demonstrated its VCM software running on the IBM PureFlex platform, although it could leverage the entire x86 ecosystem.  The company is also working with Cyan to tie is virtual EPC into Cyan's blueplanet SDN framework.

  • Connectem is led by Nishi Kant (CEO), who previously worked at Stoke and Azaire Networks, as well ast Hughes Networks and Nortel Networks.