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Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. Announces Virtualizing the Mobile Core Network

Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. (Hitachi CTA) today announced that its MME/SGSN/Small Cell Gateway software product is now running on virtualization technology. Hitachi, together with Juniper Networks, has implemented its software on Juniper’s JunosV App Engine virtualization platform. The joint solution is available from Juniper as the virtual Mobile Control Gateway (MCG).

Mobile service providers are facing tough choices as they expand their networks to keep pace with the ever-growing demands of their subscribers. In deploying a virtual mobile network, service providers achieve elastic capacity to meet the ever-changing demands of control signaling and throughput. The virtual MCG provides mobile operators with an innovative and unique approach to dramatically reduce their CAPEX/OPEX challenges, while opening up the potential to deliver new revenue generating services at greater velocity. The virtual MCG is available as part of Juniper’s MobileNext portfolio offering, and is the first step towards a virtualized Mobile Packet Core.

“Hitachi CTA leverages Juniper Networks’ new JunosV App Engine, a virtualized environment capable of running multiple applications with the deployment simplicity of a single device. The virtual MCG solution provides enhanced carrier-grade reliability, building increased robustness into service provider networks. Working with Juniper Networks, Hitachi is demonstrating the virtual MCG in the JunosV App Engine virtual machine environment at Mobile World Congress,” said Reg Wilcox, EVP Business Development of Hitachi CTA.

“Juniper and Hitachi together have proven that the JunosV App Engine can be used to cost-effectively virtualize critical mobile network components and services and bring them to market quickly,” said Robert Krohn, general manager of the Edge Software Business Unit for Juniper Networks. “Our customers will benefit from unmatched scalability and operational efficiency of the virtual Mobile Control Gateway.”

Hitachi CTA will be providing private demonstrations of the virtual Mobile Control Gateway at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.

Published Friday, February 22, 2013 6:32 AM by David Marshall
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