e-BO Enterprises chooses EdgeCentrix technology for offshore LTE networks


Edge intelligence specialist enables ‘broadband experience’ for offshore networks Quortus today announces a collaboration with e-BO Enterprises, a Belgian provider of smart content distribution platforms, network operation services, secure cloud computing solutions and network infrastructure, to enable LTE voice and data solutions for offshore wind farms. The companies’ jointly developed solution is already commercially deployed in two North Sea wind farm installations, where it provides reliable, ubiquitous wireless voice and data coverage, allowing maintenance and construction co-workers to communicate across the offshore site and onshore control centres. e-BO’s e-Wind offering is a complete all-in-one development and management solution for wind farms, encompassing resourcing, logistics and communications. Quortus contributes virtualized LTE core network functionality to enable LTE Network in a Box (NiB) solutions that function as standalone private networks, or interconnect to existing Mobile Network Operator (MNO) infrastructure. Using this technology, e-BO can create a broadband-like experience across an entire offshore site. “We are delighted to partner with e-BO on its offshore deployments,” said Andy Odgers, CEO of Quortus. “This is a perfect example of the application of LTE in a solution-suited capacity and shows the flexibility of Quortus software-based core network products. Virtualization projects such as this demonstrate the potential of our technology to enable new business and service models. We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with e-BO in the future.” Christophe Dhaene, e-BO CEO, commented: “Designing a networking infrastructure for offshore use requires a special approach. e-BO’s solutions deliver high availability, scalability, and best-in-class security features: and all of this in a physically hostile environment. Quortus’ technology is not just market leading, but also flexible...

Industry’s first App-based cellular core now available for LimeNet


PocketEPC complete mobile core available as a Snap via the LimeNet Ubuntu App Store Quortus and Lime Microsystems today announced the availability of PocketEPC – a complete cellular core network realized as an App – via Lime Micro’s LimeNET Ubuntu App Store. By combining the LimeNET hardware platform with PocketEPC, the two companies allow any developer to rapidly and cost-effectively create complete 4G (or 5G / IoT) networks. Delivered as an Ubuntu Snap and priced at just £150 (less than 200 US dollars), PocketEPC for the LimeNet platform promises to revolutionize the mobile industry’s value equation, with a shift away from proprietary solutions towards open hardware with apps running on top. This low-cost platform makes it technically possible for a wide variety of individuals and organizations to develop cellular-based applications utilizing unlicensed spectrum, or spectrum obtained from operators as a service. “PocketEPC is a powerful tool for innovation,” said Ebrahim Bushehri, Lime CEO. “We’re working with Quortus to create a rich edge-app ecosystem that will support academia, commercial developers and individuals, and open up cellular technology in a way that has never been seen before.” Andy Odgers, Quortus Founder and CEO, commented: “LimeNet and its surrounding ecosystem is making a real impact on the way the industry develops cellular applications and services. We’ve seen ample evidence of this at events like the BT Infinity Labs / Lime Mini Hackathon, which achieved an unprecedented response, and spawned some tremendously innovative work.” PocketEPC is the flagship product in a new range of edge function apps from Quortus. Certified against target hardware, NFV containers, or virtual machines (VMs), the family includes a...

Quortus announces industry’s first App-based edge computing solutions


PocketEPC complete 4G core will be first product; EPC offered via LimeNET Ubuntu App Store Quortus today announced PocketEPC, the first in a range of App-based edge computing solutions that will dramatically change the way in which cellular technology is configured and deployed, paving the way for the 5G networks of the future. PocketEPC – a complete 4G cellular core network (EPC) realized as an App – will be offered via the Lime Micro LimeNET Ubuntu App Store. PocketEPC is the flagship product in a new range from Quortus that includes virtualized, App-based implementations of both key cellular functions and value-added applications such as enterprise-level access control, caching and local breakout. When hosted on a platform such as LimeNET, PocketEPC allows rapid, cost-effective development of a 4G (or 5G / IoT) network, putting the powerful features of cellular technology in the hands of a range of individuals and organizations for the first time. Built on “download-and-go” principles and delivered at low cost, PocketEPC will foster innovation and spawn a new edge-App ecosystem by giving academia, the developer community and even individuals access to technology that historically has been restricted to large, specialized vendors. This concept was demonstrated at the recent BT Infinity Labs / Lime Mini Hackathon, which searched for innovative development teams ready to make a real impact on the future of mobile by the use of leading edge technology. The new range of cellular Apps from Quortus will include a variety of virtualized 3GPP standards-compliant core network functions, collapsed into a super-efficient software instance and made available as ‘Edge Function Apps’. Functions may be “pushed” to the...

Quortus shortlisted in Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Business Case Category at Small Cell Industry 2017 Awards


Judges recognize PaaS (Platform as a Service) virtual LTE networks for the enterprise developed with Expeto Quortus today announces that its pioneering work in virtual LTE networks with partner Expeto has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Business Case category at the annual Small Cell Industry Awards, organised by Small Cell Forum. The companies’ jointly-developed solution uses network function virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) combined with an IT-style cloud deployment model. Offered by Expeto via an innovative platform-as-a-service model, it provides high-availability 4G/LTE communications services with levels of control and security more often associated with private networks. This marks the sixth year running that Quortus has been named a finalist in the Small Cell Industry Awards. The judging panel has shortlisted Quortus and Expeto for their PaaS virtual LTE network solution, the first commercially available PaaS solution that gives enterprises and other organizations complete IT-style control of their cellular communications. The solution has already been commercially deployed in conjunction with a major multi-national natural resources concern and its cellular network provider in the Asia-Pacific region, using small cells to serve rural and remote locations with advanced communications services. Its deployment demonstrates that similar small cell-based solutions can be applied across the enterprise environment, as well as in rural and remote locations. The award winners will be announced at the Small Cells World Summit where an awards ceremony presentation will be held on 23rd May. The full list of awards categories and finalists can be found at: http://www.smallcellforum.org/awards-2/shortlist-2017/ The Quortus / Expeto solution implements a secure, trusted, dynamically-configurable communications architecture at the edge of the...

Quortus and Telefónica demonstrate ‘LTE Nano’ mobile network


Companies combine to showcase private cellular solutions at Barcelona event Quortus today announced that it has partnered with operator Telefónica España, to drive the rapidly emerging trend towards the use of private cellular networks in a broad range of applications. The two companies will illustrate their private cellular capabilities via LTE Nano, a low-footprint, ultra-compact and highly scalable 4G network-in-a-box implementation built around Quortus’ award-winning EdgeCentrix (ECX) Enhanced Packet Core. LTE Nano will be on display at the Telefónica Booth (Hall 3, Booth 3-K21) at Mobile World Congress from February 27th to March 2nd 2017. Private cellular – deployed on licensed, license-exempt or deregulated spectrum – enables a variety of innovative services, including DECT replacement and mixed voice/secure data services for enterprises and other organizations. Quortus provides a complete 2G/3G/4G virtual core network solution for such applications that can run on any hardware platform, and is scalable from tens to tens of thousands of connected users. Telefónica, as a leading global operator, is pioneering the use of private cellular, particularly amongst its industrial and enterprise customer base. LTE Nano delivers an all-IP mobile broadband mobility solution which can be used to provide a discrete voice, video and data network in a range of scenarios including emergency situations, remote industrial locations and temporary deployment at events. Its small form factor and light weight allows it to be carried in a backpack, or elevated via a drone. The network can be deployed within minutes, providing an instant hotspot for users with specific coverage requirements beyond the capabilities of public LTE networks. In remote, underserved areas it can function as a standalone...