SOURCE: Connectem

Connectem

February 11, 2014 09:00 ET

Connectem Readies for Virtualization Ramp in 2014 as Mobile Telecom Carriers Seek to Mitigate Infrastructure Costs

Operators Look to New Vendors to Simplify and Scale Networks for Future Demand

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2014) - Startup Connectem, creator of the cloud-based Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) solution for mobile network operators, witnessed accelerated interest in its virtualized, software-based network functions in 2013 as operators seek new ways to re-engineer the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) to meet growing market demand. Connectem's virtualized approach provides carriers with new and flexible ways of meeting growing demand for mobile data while avoiding crippling infrastructure expenses.

"The introduction of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is changing the vendor environment for telecom operators, expanding the field to include innovators and new players," said Iain Gillott, founder and president of iGR. "With its unique design for the virtualized Evolved Packet Core, Connectem is one of the earliest and fastest movers in NFV for telecom operators, and it has already completed trials for Tier 1 carriers in all major geographies."

NFV is being championed by a number of top-tier communications service providers as a standards-based approach to virtualizing a range of telecom applications, thus enabling them to run on industry standard servers. The goal of NFV is to dramatically reduce costs, simplify operations and enable operators to introduce new services more rapidly.

Over the past 12 months Connectem has completed eight trials with Tier 1 carriers across the globe for complete virtual EPC functionality and integration testing.

Recent Momentum
In the past 12 months Connectem also:

  • extended collaboration with prominent vendors in NFV ecosystem including Intel, IBM, HP, Cyan and VMware;
  • created a 100% owned subsidiary in India;
  • expanded operations in North Asia through distributor relationships with Macnica Networks in Japan and iCent in South Korea;
  • filed multiple patents on Network virtualization;
  • received strategic funding from NFV motivated public companies

Connectem also joined Cyan's Blue Orbit partner ecosystem, which is focused on delivering multi-vendor SDN and NFV applications. In September 2013, Connectem joined other Cyan partners demonstrating real-world use cases at the Layer123 SDN Summit.

"Building an NFV solution is not an exercise in isolation like designing a discrete network box or simply porting software from a network box to a Virtual Machine. It requires re-thinking the way system functions should be realized in a virtualized environment. It also demands deep and rich collaboration with key partners to move quickly. This was critical in accelerating our development and allowing us to achieve unprecedented performance and scale. We are committed to the principle that if you want to play in the NFV ecosystem you need to be a good NFV citizen. You have to have collaboration and openness in your company DNA so that the real impact of NFV can be realized by our carrier customers," said Nishi Kant, CEO at Connectem.

AT&T's recent public announcement of its intention to move to an NFV-based architecture provided validation and drove market momentum in this space. Connectem's collaboration with major brands like Intel and IBM with innovative carriers like Optus and Telecom Italia has allowed Connectem to leapfrog to a leadership position in deploying truly unique NFV-based solutions. Connectem is expecting to see these trials move into commercial deployments in early 2014.

Connectem technology will be exhibited at Mobile World Congress, 2014 at the Intel booth with industry partner Cyan, and also at the IBM booth. To meet with Connectem, contact jasmeet@connectem.net. For further information, visit www.connectem.net.

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