Quortus demonstrates growing traction for virtualized mobile core networks in enterprise, tactical, rural and remote markets


Industry’s first enterprise VoLTE solution, enabled by Quortus, demonstrated by Telefónica and Cisco Guildford, UK – 12th March 2015 – Virtualizing core network functions (NFV) was a hot topic at Mobile World Congress last week, with Quortus leading the way as it announced three new products and provided key software solutions for multiple customer and partner demonstrations. Highlights included a joint Cisco/Telefónica showcase, enabled by Quortus, of the industry’s first voice over LTE (VoLTE) solution specifically targeted at enterprise customers, and the use of the Quortus EPC as part of an innovative Cloud-RAN demonstration at the Cavium booth. The new Telefónica Innovation Initiative, powered by Cisco in collaboration with Quortus and displayed at the show, is a small-footprint, all-IP mobile broadband mobility solution suited to enterprises with specific coverage, performance or control requirements beyond the capabilities of public LTE networks. It provides the ability to build and manage cost-effective private LTE Networks, delivering carrier-grade infrastructure at an enterprise price point, and integrates both LTE and 3G/UMTS voice and data functionality, providing customers the ability to immediately activate LTE services or seamlessly evolve to them from a 3G/UMTS base. The Telefónica initiative uses one of three new Quortus developments announced at the show, the new VoLTE capability within the company’s ECX Enterprise product. Voice remains a crucially important service for businesses: and voice for enterprise is a key area of growth for operators. ECX Enterprise now offers a straightforward route to satisfying that need via VoLTE, with local offload, IP-PBX integration and the capability to combine 4G, 3G and GSM services. At the show Quortus announced a new white paper, “Enterprise VoLTE at the Edge”,...

News from Telefónica: Transforms Mobile Broadband with New “LTE in a Box” Solution from Cisco


Small-footprint, all-IP mobile broadband solution suited to enterprises with coverage, performance or control requirements beyond capabilities of public LTE networks At MWC15, Telefónica and Cisco jointly announced details of a new “LTE in a box” solution, powered by Quortus: Barcelona, March, 4 2015 Cisco today announced that Telefónica (Movistar), the largest mobile operator in Spain, has launched a new Innovation Initiative powered by Cisco technology called “LTE In A Box.” Based on Cisco’s Premium Mobile Broadband (PMB) architecture and Virtual Packet Core (VPC) platform, and integrated in existing developments of Telefónica’s core services, LTE In A Box is a small-footprint, all-IP mobile broadband mobility solution suited to enterprises with specific coverage, performance or control requirements beyond the capabilities of public LTE networks. You can read the full text of the Telefonica announcement...

Quortus announces solutions for rural and remote users


Aligns with Small Cell Forum Release 5: opens up global market of 650 million users worth $163 billion Mobile World Congress, Spain and Guildford, UK – 3rd March 2015 – Quortus today announces a complete suite of solutions that allows mobile network operators, service providers and satellite operators to build best-in-class voice and data services for rural and remote communities. Based on the company’s award-winning EdgeCentrix core network virtualization technology, the new rural and remote offering aligns with the Small Cell Forum’s Release 5, also announced today, and opens up a global market of 650 million users worth an estimated $163 billion. The new Quortus offering extends coverage and capacity to a broad range of users who find themselves underserved by existing infrastructure. These include rural communities both in the developed world and emerging economies; remote workers such as those on oil rigs and mining operations; and isolated “single users” such as farms and holiday homes across the globe. It helps to solve the challenges of low ARPU and high build-out cost by virtualizing core network functions and implementing them locally, optimizing backhaul and harnessing the power of both small cells and traditional macrocells. “Over two-thirds of potential subscriber growth lies in rural and remote regions, but many carriers have not yet discovered a convincing business case for deploying networks in such areas,” said Caroline Gabriel, Research Director at Rethink Technology Research. “Virtualizing core functions at the network edge, along with small cell technology in line with SCF Release 5, promises to enable new business and service models that tap into this massive potential.” The Quortus solution delivers an...

Quortus announces 4G tactical mobile network solution for public safety and government


First response system already demonstrated via “Project Hydra” in the UK Mobile World Congress, Spain and Guildford, UK – 3rd March 2015 – Quortus today announces ECX Tactical, a field-ready 4G tactical cellular solution for public safety organizations, emergency services, military operations and other government or aid agencies. Combining an embedded 3GPP compliant evolved packet core (EPC) designed to operate with any 4G radio access technology, a typical deployment scenario for ECX Tactical is as an “network in a box” solution optimized for vehicle-based use in the public safety and first response sector. ECX Tactical is based on the award-winning Quortus EdgeCentrix technology, which implements core network functions in software that can be run anywhere in the network. In the case of ECX Tactical the core is embedded directly on a 4G radio system-on-chip (SoC), and the system is tightly coupled with a 4G or WiFi UE for backhaul and cell-to-cell communication. This combination delivers the advanced features required in the tactical market, such as localized voice over LTE (VoLTE) calling, multicast/broadcast communication, ad-hoc node meshing and traffic relaying between vehicle nodes. The small footprint of ECX Tactical makes it ideal for deployment in next-generation emergency service requirements in vehicles, un-manned drones or even in a back-pack. It allows the creation of ‘bubbles’ of 4G coverage, with each bubble able to move and ‘mesh’ with adjacent nodes, creating larger, resilient and sanitized private communications networks for key personnel, exactly where and when they are needed. The system supports localized services such as command and control information, video surveillance and access to local voice services or PBX features “at the...

Quortus adds 4G VoLTE to its ECX Enterprise product range


Enables truly integrated voice and data services for a broad range of enterprise customers Mobile World Congress, Spain and Guildford, UK – 2nd March 2015 – Quortus today announces the addition of VoLTE capabilities to its successful ECX Enterprise product. ECX Enterprise moves intelligence to the network edge, allowing operators to offer truly integrated 4G, 3G and 2G voice and data services tailored to the business market. The new enhancements allow Quortus customers to implement IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) locally at the network edge. This enables offload and PBX integration for VoLTE without the need for a costly and complex central IMS implementation. Leveraging the standard SIP protocol, this local, virtualized IMS can be integrated with local or hosted IP-PBX enterprise voice servers. Mobile devices can therefore appear as local extensions on the PBX, becoming an integral part of the enterprise voice network while retaining their macro network identity. “Voice remains a must-have service for businesses, and has been identified as the ‘killer app’ for small cells in the enterprise,” said Andy Odgers, CEO, Quortus. “As businesses have moved towards mobile-first as their default mode of communications, and the mobile industry has moved to 4G, VoLTE has become the ‘elephant in the room’. What we are showing today is that there’s no longer any reason to fear VoLTE: it has come home in a straightforward and easily-implemented way to a market where voice, and the quality of it, is still crucially important – the enterprise.” The addition of LTE capabilities enables new service concepts such as innovations that provide a small-footprint, all-IP mobile broadband mobility solution suited to enterprises,...