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February 19, 2009

Starent Networks Broadens Industry Leadership with Most Flexible and Open LTE Evolved Packet Core


Starent Networks, a provider of multimedia infrastructure platforms for mobile operator services, recently announced the successful flexibility of the Starent Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The company expects to conduct a demonstration of the EPC solution at the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) in Barcelona.

 
The new EPC platform from Starent is capable of supplying mobile operators with enough flexibility to structurally design their networks and incorporate the co-location of 2G/3G and EPC functionality in one platform and open interface.
 
“While multimedia services have become a significant revenue stream for mobile operators, we continue to see multi-element solution offerings, such as off-the-shelf platforms, servers, or routers repurposed for EPC,” said Gennady Sirota, vice president of product management of Starent.
 
“The multimedia core is critical. We must offer solutions that are specifically designed for the challenges of mobile broadband and high-demand multimedia core networks. This has been our focus from day one,” Sirota added.
 
“For many operators the future is today. Operators expect Starent to provide robust, high-performance, cost effective multimedia core network solutions that they can deploy in their broadband 3G networks now, such as EV-DO and HSPA, that can evolve to LTE as those networks are deployed,” said Ashraf Dahod (News - Alert), president and chief executive officer of Starent.
 
Starent’s new EPC solution has been designed to provide 2G/3G functionality and manage an evolution to LTE (News - Alert) via software upgradeability. The solution will also enable mobile operators to co-locate multiple core network features in one node. Operators will also be able to handle stand-alone functions with a common core platform.
 
Some of the co-located functions that the new EPC platform from Starent has been equipped with include a combination of the EPC Mobility Management Entity (MME) and the 2G/3G SGSN. The solution also comes with a Packet Data Network Gateway (News - Alert) (PGW) and GGSN, as well as a HRPD Serving Gateway (HSGW) and a PDSN. These features permit the EPC solution to benefit mobile operators who can migrate their networks minus a forklift upgrade, for greater upgradeability and flexibility.
 
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Edited by Michelle Robart










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