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”, which explains the market and technology drivers behind this important new trend. Produced in collaboration with Rethink Research, the white paper is available for download at the Quortus website.
Quortus also announced its new solution aimed at operators seeking to serve rural and remote customers. 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 at the show, and opens up a global market of 650 million users worth an estimated $163 billion.
A second white paper, “Enhancing the remote and rural wireless business case”, is also available for download from Quortus now.
The company’s final announcement was of ECX Tactical, a solution for public safety and governmental applications. By embedding a 4G core network (EPC) directly on a 4G radio system-on-chip (SoC), with a 4G or Wi-Fi UE for backhaul and cell-to-cell communication, Quortus delivers the advanced features required in the tactical market, such as localized 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.