Connectem Provides vEPC for World’s First Fully Virtualized LTE Core in Telekom Austria Group’s Serbian Subsidiary Innovation Leaders Collaborate to Deliver Complete Set of Virtualized Network Functions for Vip mobile Network.
In a world first, Telekom Austria Group’s Serbian subsidiary, Vip mobile, has successfully demonstrated the first fully virtualized LTE stack in a live network delivering data, voice and IMS services, with Connectem providing the virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC).
Telekom Austria Group becomes the first operator worldwide to implement virtualization of the entire core network production chain for mobile broadband service in a live environment. The Vip mobile showcase follows a series of successful trials of individual virtualized functions in 2014, including the deployment of Connectem’s Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) solution in the Group’s Croatian subsidiary, Vipnet.
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.”
“It is imperative for mobile network operators to keep TCO at acceptable levels in their journey towards becoming an all-IP based network that can deliver a full suite of services. It becomes critical to leverage innovative solutions in the areas of NFV and co-create key competitive services such as VoLTE,” said Sathya Atreyam, Research Manager Wireless Network Infrastructure at IDC. “By working with newer, innovative vendors, Telekom Austria Group signals its willingness to explore the depth and breadth of transformation possible through NFV.”
Connectem’s Vip mobile Ecosystem Partners
The live demonstration includes virtualized Clearwater IMS Solution by Metaswitch and virtualized VoLTE AS by OpenCloud. Nishi Kant, CEO of Connectem, observed, “Integration and cooperation between our three companies was extremely smooth, and the results provide an excellent example of the operational efficiency and productivity that NFV can create for mobile operators.”
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 in 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.
Nishi Kant concluded,“We congratulate Telekom Austria Group on its vision and tenacity, not only in running multiple trials leading up to this event, but also in its commitment to understanding the implication of using different hypervisor technologies, hardware platforms and software approaches to understand the long-term implications of running a vEPC in virtualized infrastructure. We are very proud of the performance we have been able to achieve in supporting not only data but latency-sensitive VoLTE calls.”