Quortus and Applied Computer Solutions (ACS) are partnering to develop a range of wireless communications solutions for enterprises based on emerging Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) technologies. The two companies expect to demonstrate a proof of concept service offering at Mobile World Congress 2016 (Barcelona, 22-25 Feb).
Quortus specialises in implementing core network functions as software applications; ACS provides products and services to service providers, MSOs and large enterprises. The companies’ partnership will enable services far beyond the capabilities of traditional network architectures, enhancing user experience and bringing benefits throughout the wireless ecosystem.
For network operators this means more efficient use of network resources and new monetisation opportunities; content distributors benefit with higher delivery speeds and lower network latencies; enterprises gain vastly improved integration between their IT and communications infrastructure; small businesses obtain access to advanced services with outstanding ease of use.
“Quortus and ACS makes for a game-changing combination,” said Andy Odgers, founder and CEO of Quortus. “Together we are pioneering the new Mobile Edge Computing ecosystem. Uniquely, our MEC solution combines control and user plane functions – enabling more services than user-plane only MEC solutions.
“This opens up a new world of powerful possibilities, creating an operator-friendly system that can support a raft of new capabilities ranging from local traffic offload and QoS management to genuine local VoLTE calling.”
Bob Pike, CTO at ACS, commented: “Our partnership with Quortus is a natural evolution of our two companies’ respective endeavors to leverage advanced IT and communications technologies to make a real difference in a very broad range of applications. By applying intelligence at the network edge, we simultaneously remove strain on network operators’ infrastructure and improve service and user experience. We are hugely excited to debut this technology at MWC ‘16.”
The companies’ demo at MWC will show how MEC can be used to deliver media, voice and data services in diverse scenarios such as enterprise communications, healthcare, and public spaces such as shopping malls and sports stadia. The demonstration leverages Quortus’ recently announced MEC-aligned versions of its EdgeCentrix virtualised core network products, along with ACS’ IT infrastructure products, systems integration expertise, and unique capabilities in end-to-end orchestration of MEC servers and applications.
MEC architectures combine wireless technology with an IT-type service environment to deliver efficient communications services with ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. MEC software applications can tap into local content and information about network conditions so that traffic can be handled in an optimal way; examples include local traffic offload and caching, and video optimisation.
Quortus' ECX technology takes this principle a step further, by implementing core network functions themselves in software. The believes the combination of these two approaches will allow service providers to truly deliver on the promise of MEC. Services are provided where they are consumed – at the network edge.
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