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What is 5G Voice over New Radio?

Rohde & Schwarz: Voice over New Radio (VoNR) should be 'considered a prerequisite for successful 5G deployment in Standalone operation' In cloud-native 5G Standalone (SA) networks, operators can deliver high-quality voice services without having to rely on LTE as an anchor. Instead, operators can offer...

In addressing the global digital divide, there’s no silver bullet

In the massive effort to connect the billions of people without reliable access to broadband, there is no singular solution that can be delivered by one company or government. Bridging the digital divide doesn’t just have to do with the transport, core, or radio...

Getting from non-standalone to standalone 5G

Ericsson talks dual-mode cloud core; Oracle on move from VNF to CNF With one notable exception, commercial 5G networks use a non-standalone architecture wherein new 5G NR radio infrastructure is connected to an Evolved Packet Core that also supports LTE data transmissions. Virtualization of EPC functionality is...

Get your core (network) in shape during COVID-19 (Reader Forum)

Most of you reading this blog will be doing so under lockdown. Whether or not you are reading this while working is another matter, but regardless, you will be using data. In this current time, when so many people are staying indoors to prevent...

Open Networking Foundation, Sprint develop open source mobile core

Open Mobile Evolved Core is part of the larger CORD project In 2017, Sprint worked with Intel Labs on an open source mobile core dubbed C3PO--Clean CUPS Core for Packet Optimization with CUPS meaning Control and User Plane Separation. Now, Sprint took that work and...

Building on a foundation of virtualization

Network virtualization investments often start with the EPC Last week T-Mobile US announced it worked with Cisco to deploy the "world's largest" virtualized evolved packet core covering some 70 million subscribers. This is part of a five-year arrangement between the two companies that speaks to...

Prepping for 5G, T-Mobile US completes vEPC build

FCC pauses shot clock related to Sprint, T-Mobile US merger In a week of 5G-related world firsts, T-Mobile US got into the mix by announcing completion of the "world's largest" virtualized evolved packet core. Cisco provided SDN tools for the vEPC, which T-Mo says covers...

Nokia gets another cloud-native core win in India

Idea Cellular and Vodafone India both using cloud-native core solution As India's booming mobile market continues to develop, Nokia is chalking up another win for its cloud-native core solution. The infrastructure vendor is working with operator Idea Cellular to deploy a cloud-native core as part...

vEPC pushes 150 Gbps on one Intel server

Affirmed Networks benchmarks vEPC performance Network virtualization is most certainly a process, but one that's imperative to the evolution from hardware-driven connectivity to much more flexible software control. While operators approach softwarization differently, many see deployment of a virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) as a...

Evolution to 5G is marked by move to the edge

Mavenir SVP highlights 5G bandwidth, latency benefits Early deployments of commercial 5G services will look more like really fast LTE services, according to John Baker, Mavenir SVP, Business Development. During an interview with RCR Wireless News during Mobile World Congress 2018, Baker said 5G will...

Mavenir mitigates core processing with white box edge routing

Mavenir delivers virtualized Media Breakout Controller (vMBC) Software company Mavenir recently premiered its virtualized Media Breakout Controller (vMBC), which enables operators to host virtual routing, firewall and user plane data offload with white box routing. Networks currently are under pressure to meet consumer demands for more...

Top 50 of 2017, Part 1: Millimeter wave, LTE call flow, Title II and more

Editors note: This week we'll take a look back at the 50 stories that drew the highest level of engagement from our RCR Wireless News community.  What is millimeter wave and how does it fit into 5G? Millimeter wave spectrum is the band of spectrum between 30 GHz and 300...

Radisys, Mavenir partner to accelerate M-CORD deployment

Radisys and Mavenir integrate vEPC into M-CORD as part of partnership Wireless network company Radisys Corporation alongside software-based telecom networking provider Mavenir announced they are collaborating to offer communication service providers a way to commercially launch a M-CORD (Mobile Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter)...

Intel makes Core software available to open source community

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a nonprofit that serves projects creating solutions using open source software and software defined standards, recently unveiled that Intel Labs' has made its Xeon Processor based virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) reference software available to the CORD project. CORD (Central...

Analyst Angle: Nokia Cloud Packet Core

The continued growth of LTE and the emergence of IoT are stimulating development of new applications that require different business and architectural models for delivery of services. This overview is part of a previous Analyst Angle program consisting of a webinar and report. Download the report Download...

On the road to 5G, a new network architecture is needed

Nokia discusses the role of virtualization from the EPC to the baseband unit The explosion of connected, smart devices, coupled with unyielding demand from consumers and enterprises for mobile data, is having a profound impact on how operators deploy and manage increasingly converged networks. 5G,...

How a virtualized EPC fits into 5G and the internet of things

Affirmed Networks discusses how virtualizing the evolved packet core will facilitate 5G network slicing for the internet of things. BARCELONA, Spain – In the race to "5G," operators are steadily implementing network functions virtualization and software-defined networking solutions to gradually gain software control...

Nokia, StarHub reach 150 Mbps through carrier aggregation

Working with Nokia, StarHub will commercially launch the service by the end of 2016 Finnish vendor Nokia and Singapore telecom operator StarHub have achieved peak upload speed of 150 megabits per second over the operator's 4G network during a trial using carrier aggregation technology and the...

AIS launches VoLTE services nationwide in Thailand

Thai operator plans to launch VoLTE-enabled phones with Huawei Thai mobile operator Advanced Info Service launched commercial voice-over-LTE services across all 77 provinces in the country, according to an announcement from the company. The operator said the VoLTE service offers customers with capable devices access to...

As networks increase in complexity, make signaling simple (sponsored content)

Service providers should regard signaling as a competitive advantage that fosters innovation, rather than a source of frustration As the Internet of Things takes shape and 5G use cases bring into focus the sheer amount of network complexity and capacity that will be needed in...

NTT DoCoMo develops NFV technology for multivendor EPC

The Japanese firm plans to start deploying the NFV technology on its network this month NTT DoCoMo said it has completed development of what it claims to be the world's first network function virtualization technology that can run evolved packet core software from multiple vendors. NTT...

China Mobile selects Alcatel-Lucent core router solution

French telecoms vendor Alcatel-Lucent announced the deployment of its 7950 XRS IP core router in the China Mobile national IP backbone network and metro networks. The equipment provider affirmed that this deployment will enable the Asian operator to meet the growing demand for data in...

Saudi Telecom deploys NFV-based M2M platform

Affirmed Networks supplied virtual evolved packet core In what the communications service provider billed as a strategic move, Saudi Telecom Co. deployed a virtual evolved packet core specific to machine-to-machine services. The vEPC was provided by Affirmed Networks and enables Saudi Telecom to provide real-time service...

Saudi Telecom invests in backhaul for network expansion

DragonWave packet radios selected by Saudi Telecom The largest network operator in Saudi Arabia announced a new supply agreement with DragonWave to drive a planned network expansion in which Saudi Telecom will use DragonWave’s Horizon Compact+ and Harmony Enhanced packet microwave radios. “Being a customer-centric organization,...

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