Quortus has introduced ECX Elements, a range of virtualised network components that complement the company’s integrated core network solutions, to provide a more flexible offering to communications service providers (CSPs), enterprises and public safety organisations. The first two elements in the range are ECX HSS/HLR for subscriber management and the SoftRNC radio network controller.
Like all of Quortus’ products, ECX Elements embraces the concepts of network functions virtualisation (NFV) and mobile edge computing (MEC), allowing tasks that have traditionally been performed in the mobile network core to be implemented, in software, anywhere in the network.
The products are built on the same EdgeCentrix technology that enables the company’s flagship ECX Core product, a complete solution that encompasses all of the 3GPP network entities required for a 4G/3G enhanced packet core (EPC), including full support for voice over LTE (VoLTE).
The HSS/HLR element offers a cost-effective, medium-weight solution to manage user subscription information in both 4G LTE and 2G/3G deployments. Its highly scalable architecture allows both standalone network and RAN extension type implementations, serving as few as 10 users, but with the ability to scale up to tens of thousands of users where required.
The HSS/HLR product has already been field-proven as part of Quortus’ ECX Enterprise solution supporting VoLTE, and its ECX Tactical product for public safety organisations, emergency services, military operations and other government or aid agencies.
It is an ideal solution for CSPs seeking flexibility of subscriber management at the network edge, and for mobile virtual network operators and enablers (MVNOs and MVNEs) which need to manage and own a subscriber base while integrating gracefully with a host operator’s infrastructure.
The SoftRNC element provides a complete virtualised 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC) including radio resource, and mobility management functions. Like the HSS/HLR element, it is both compact and scalable, allowing it use embedded alongside a radio, whilst being capable of controlling multiple small cells or NodeBs from a single RNC.
Its software architecture makes it adaptable for use with a wide range of pico and macro radio solutions, and enables a broad range of innovative deployment scenarios, from metropolitan capacity offload and coverage enhancement, to remote/rural and specialised military and public safety scenarios.
“The trend towards virtualisation of mobile network core components is building significant momentum in the mobile industry,’’ said Andy Odgers, CEO of Quortus. “Central to this movement is the ability to deploy specific components not just in the core or cloud, but anywhere within the network. ECX Elements adds to this the ability to deploy specific virtualised elements, allowing even greater flexibility.”