Services acceleration company Radisys Corporation has teamed up with Octasic and Quortus to deliver a multi-radio (2G, 3G, 4G) network-in-a-box solution targeted at military and public safety organisations. The joint solution enables the rapid deployment of an end-to-end LTE network in a compact, ruggedised form factor.
To deliver a complete network the product combines technology from Radisys, Octasic and Quortus. It integrates Radisys’ field-hardened CellEngine TOTALeNodeB LTE small cell software and Femtotality 3G small cell software with Octasic’s OCTBTS platforms and Quortus’ ECX Tactical virtualised EPC (Evolved Packet Core) solution. The multi-radio network-in-a-box is available today.
The driver behind the new product is need to provide secure, reliable, ruggedised communications in extreme scenarios. Today’s battlefield on both land and in the air depends on proven, commercial communications technologies as a key strategy for military success. Combat soldiers need to understand surrounding situations and be able to react quickly to achieve strategic advantage.
Similarly, in a disaster scenario public safety organizations also need to be able to quickly deploy a secure and reliable mobile communications network to support response efforts.
The multi-radio network-in-a-box enables the military and public safety professionals to rapidly deploy a complete portable network anywhere, whether in a UAV, a vehicle or a backpack.
By providing support for 4G/LTE, 3G and 2G air interfaces, the solution supports communications in remote regions and permits the use of any standard handset. Furthermore, the network can support up to 32 active users by leveraging LTE technology.
Multi-radio network-in-a-box technology details
Radisys’ TOTALeNodeB LTE small cell and Femtotality 3G/HSPA+ femtocell protocol software and applications:
• Delivers complete turnkey 4G/LTE and 3G small cell solutions
• Enables application, RRM, SON, OA&M, timing functionality and the underlying protocol stacks.
Octasic’s OCTBTS family of base station platforms:
• Offers ready-to-deploy Software Defined Radio (SDR) systems powered by the OCT2224W small cell system-on-a-chip (SoC)
• Supports a wide range of frequencies between 400 MHz and 6 GHz
• Incorporates Octasic’s flexiPHY software suite for 4G, 3G and 2G cellular standards.
Quortus’ ECX Tactical virtualised core:
• Supports 4G, 3G and 2G radio networks
• Includes an embedded lightweight IMS core to allow support for VoLTE calls without the need for an external IMS (IP multimedia subsystem)
• Provides all of the functions required of a 3GPP 4G EPC, specifically the MME, SGW, PGW, PCRF and HSS
• Supports critical communications features such as in-session mobility, multicast/broadcast and node meshing
• Provides scalability from embedded single channel devices to thousands of simultaneous media sessions.
Tom McQuade, general manager, CellEngine and Trillium Software, Radisys, said: “As the leaders in small cell software with more than 80 deployments worldwide, we’re skilled at working with any organisation that needs reliable, secure and portable communications technology.
“We’re excited about this new multi-radio network-in-a-box that encompasses Octasic’s value proposition to deliver base stations that meet the military’s strict size, weight and power requirements and adds Quortus’ virtualised core for a complete end-to-end LTE network solution.”
Michel Laurence, executive chairman, Octasic, said: “This integrated multi-standard base station, available for all OCTASIC’s BTS platforms, provides unique efficiency and portability, meeting our customers’ demands for flexible, lightweight complete cellular solutions.
“Radisys’ award-winning small cell software combined with Quortus’ best-of-breed core network technology and Octasic’s miniaturized SDR base stations provide our customers with access to turnkey small cell solutions enabling coverage, worldwide flexibility and capacity that meet their needs.”
Andy Odgers, CEO, Quortus, said: “Our ECX Tactical solution is specifically designed to meet the needs of military and public safety organizations, delivering the ability to support 4G, 3G and 2G networks either standalone or with core network reach-back – and with features required by critical communications networks, including high reliability voice, multicast/broadcast connectivity, in-session mobility, relay-station functionality and ad-hoc node meshing. This partnership with Radisys and Octasic furthers our ability to deliver a working network anywhere in the world, while driving down costs and integration complexity.”