Cisco announced at Mobile World Congress today (4 March 2015) that Telefónica has launched an ‘LTE In A Box’ initiative powered by Cisco technology (in collaboration with Quortus).
The offering is based on Cisco’s Premium Mobile Broadband (PMB) architecture and Virtual Packet Core (VPC) platform integrated into 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.
With global organisations continuing to transform their operations around IP networks and with machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity proliferating to take advantage of new Internet of Everything (IoE) monetisation opportunities, mobile broadband is a key requirement in these transformations, with LTE widely seen as a key enabling technology.
With enterprise verticals being an area of focus and growth for Telefonica, this new LTE In A Box solution provides the ability to build and manage cost-effective private LTE Networks, delivering carrier-grade infrastructure at an enterprise price point. The solution comes in a form factor that can scale from the data centre to the small server room, and down to the back of a vehicle if necessary.
The service has the added advantage of integrating and supporting 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 solution combines integrated network applications such as Cisco VPC StarOS Software, including HnBGW, S/GGSN, MME, SAE Gateway, Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) and Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi). Telefonica’s LTE in a Box provides a versatile network and communications solution capable of supporting high availability voice, video and data services within a range of enterprise use-cases.
For example, mining companies can now provide mission-critical voice and app coverage for their employees, operations can be monitored through mobile HD video and machinery can be remote operated and coordinated by M2M communications with guaranteed QoS. Similar benefits apply to other verticals such as oil and gas, logistics and public safety, but can be harnessed by almost any large-scale business or public sector operation.
The Telefonica LTE In A Box solution is an ideal offering to service these and other industry telecommunications needs and will be on display in the Telefonica Mobile World Congress Booth, located at the at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain, Hall 3, booth 3J20 on March 2 -5, 2015.
A sampling of some of the use cases on display will be:
- IoE/M2M and data services
- HD video surveillance
- Corporate LTE employee voice calling on private LTE infrastructure
- Network performance and monitoring, including QoS, Delay, Bandwidth, jitter, access control, etc.
- LTE/3G functionality and connectivity.
Manuel Fernández Daza, Director of Innovation and Network Services at Telefonica Spain, commented: “This Innovation Initiative, is the latest in a number of steps that we are taking to ensure our position as the most advanced communications company in Spain.
“Our aim is to bring the most out of LTE technology to our corporate customers, and this line of work will enable us to provide not only the full efficiency, speed and reliability of LTE communications, but the possibility for fully customized networks and build dedicated services on top of it, such as the concept of LTE intranets, support for critical industrial processes, closed group communications, and so forth. With the support of a world-leading partner in Cisco, we are excited by the possibilities that these new forms of connectivity are opening up for our business customers.”
Joe Cozzolino, Cisco SVP/GM Mobility Business Group, added: “Telefónica has a record of delivering innovation focused on customer requirements, and ‘LTE In A Box’ brings customers closer to the complete mobile experience. It is an excellent example of how virtualisation and mobility can be combined to provide service providers entry into new market opportunities, particularly in the enterprise and industrial space. We are delighted to be working with Telefónica and look forward to developing leading-edge industry solutions together.”