SOURCE: Connectem

Connectem

December 15, 2014 10:00 ET

Live NFV Deployments for Mobile Operator, Growing Roster of Ecosystem Partnerships, and New Carrier Engagements Highlight Connectem's 2014/2015 Growth Story

2015 Will See Telecom Carriers Using NFV to Adopt the 'Agile Service Innovation' Model of Testing and Perfecting New Services, Says Connectem CEO Nishi Kant

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 15, 2014) - Connectem, pioneer of the cloud-based virtualized packet core (vEPC) solution for mobile networks, continued to lead the industry transformation to network functions virtualization (NFV) in 2014 with a live deployment in Telekom Austria's Croatia network. Connectem's unique, mobile workload-centric architecture topped the RFI/RFP evaluation list for multiple carriers, laying a foundation for 2015 deployments.

Connectem achieved an industry first in June this year, with the live deployment of its virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) solution after completing Telekom Austria Group's NFV proof of concept in a live production network for their Croatian subsidiary, Vipnet. Telekom Austria Group has referred to NFV as 'the networking declaration of independence'1 and has described the Connectem vEPC as successfully delivering independent scaling, with built-in performance, elasticity, high availability and security. As 2014 closes, Connectem continues to deepen and expand its engagement with the operator.

"The practical value of NFV cannot be demonstrated in lab conditions," said Nishi Kant, founder and CEO of Connectem. "Interconnectivity between VNF and existing network elements is a critical part of real life scenarios, and the Croatian network deployment continues to prove our ability to achieve this while maintaining a five nines level of service."

Linear scaling
In its engagements with Tier 1 operators, Connectem has demonstrated unprecedented performance and linear scaling across multiple servers for large mobile workloads. The solution allows straightforward mapping of the workload into computing units and therefore frees the operator from rigid inventory management. The company also highlights the ability of its VCM platform to enable "any-size" networking. Any-size networking becomes a new tool in mobile operators' portfolios as they create offerings for industry segments that require elastic, private wireless communication capabilities. Such use cases are typically not well served because of traditional vendors' inability to scale down their nodes and costs for smaller networks.

In recognition of its achievements to date, Connectem was awarded the Telecom Council Service Provider Forum's 2014 San Andreas Award for the most disruptive technology. The company was named by TechNavio as one of 2014's top players in NFV, and CEO Nishi Kant was a speaker during Mobile World Congress, 2014.

Partnering and collaboration to build the NFV ecosystem are critical to driving transformation in the mobile broadband network infrastructure. Connectem participates actively in industry forums and continues to grow its technology partnerships with Intel, Amdocs, Brocade, Clavister, Cyan, HP, IBM, Intel, Procera, Red Hat and VMware.

2015 Challenges
"SDN and NFV are not ends in themselves but a means for telecoms carriers to benefit from the agile service innovation and rollout model exemplified by Google: introducing new services, testing new ideas, and moving rapidly to adapt to changing business cycles," said Kant.

"In achieving this transformation, carriers will have to distinguish between solutions that merely port software to create virtual replica of rigid legacy nodes, and genuine NFV offerings that harness the virtualized computing fabric for mobile workload," added Kant. "True functional virtualization maps independent dimensions of the mobile workload (signaling events, user data and sessions) into compute units through a streamlined set of modules and allows them to scale independently. Open architecture and network visibility is a must in order to achieve profound transformation."

"Massive networks cannot be transformed overnight," concluded Kant. "In 2015 we will see operators identifying distinct use cases where NFV can be applied and how it will interwork with the larger existing ecosystem. This approach is exemplified in the Telekom Austria Group deployment."

About Connectem
Connectem Inc. was founded in 2011 by industry veterans who identified an opportunity to bring the advances of virtualization and cloud computing to the Mobile Packet Core. Connectem's Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) Platform is one of the few true innovations to have been introduced to the mobile operator infrastructure in years, fundamentally changing the way wireless devices connect to a powerful and elastic network. With this platform, carriers for the first time can economically address the rapid growth in services, the number of IP endpoints and the associated signaling. Further information is available at www.connectem.net.

1 Speech by Dr. W. Fleischer, Group Lead Core & Service Networks, Group CTO Area SN & IT, Telekom Austria Group at SDN OpenFlow World Congress, October 17, 2014

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