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February 17, 2009

Starent and Samsung Complete Multi-Vendor 4G LTE EPC-RAN Interoperability


Starent Networks, a provider of infrastructure solutions that enable mobile operators to deliver multimedia services, has completed 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE (News - Alert))/Evolved Packet Core (EPC) interoperability testing with the Multi-Vendor Radio Access Network (MVR) from Samsung Electronics.

 
Both Samsung (News - Alert) and Starent Networks’ have strong market presence in the next-generation mobile broadband and multimedia core networking solutions market.
 
Samsung will be demonstrating a live LTE connection at Mobile World Congress (News - Alert), February 16 – 19, in Barcelona. The companies’ officials point out that these achievements indicate their commitment to develop a solution that is standards compliant and can address mobile operator requirements for broadband connectivity along with network deployment flexibility.
 
The LTE demonstration will utilize Samsung’s eNode-B (News - Alert) system and Starent’s multimedia core solutions including Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW).
 
Woon Sub Kim, executive vice president of Samsung, said that Starent was the perfect choice to showcase the interoperability requirements of a multi-vendor LTE EPC solution as they focus on mobile broadband and the multimedia core network.
 
He continued, “We believe this interoperability test is the first with the radio access from one company, Samsung, and the packet core from another, Starent. While other live network demonstrations have showcased end-to-end vendors demonstrating their radio and EPC, the completion of interoperability testing between Samsung and Starent validates the open standards compliance of both companies and demonstrates that we are ready and able to work with other companies’ solutions.”
 
According to Ashraf Dahod (News - Alert), CEO of Starent Networks, the completion of interoperability testing with Samsung will allow Starent to be first to market with a fully deployable evolved packet core network based on open standards.
 
Because Starent is focused on the specific needs of the mobile operator multimedia core network and understand the unique dynamics of the network, they have developed their solutions to deliver superior performance in the existing 3G network, with easy and cost-effective evolution to 4G-LTE.
 
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Edited by Michelle Robart










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