4G LTE – Evolved Packet Core (EPC)

4G LTE – Evolved Packet Core (EPC)

Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the fourth generation of wireless technology, enabling faster and richer applications while streamlining the network infrastructure over IP. Consistent with its track record, Tecore is leading the industry by delivering an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) focusing specifically on the needs of smaller markets such as rural and remote operators, as well as specialized and government applications. The iCore 4G LTE EPC provides a unique integrated architecture with compliant interface capabilities to operate as a standalone system or as an integrated component in a larger network deployment. At the heart of the iCore 4G LTE EPC is the critical juncture of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined capability. The iCore delivers the most agile architecture ready to adapt to changing network requirements, capacity growth, and cloud based services.

With a focus on the requirements for rural and remote system deployments, Tecore also offers the integration of key cloud-based capabilities locally on the iCore system. Available as an option, the iCore 4G LTE EPC can be expanded to support the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) as a local virtualized function, thus paving the way for localized processing of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. As the larger networks transition from current fallback capabilities to the incorporation of VoLTE, the iCore is ready to support the migration forward.

4G EPC Developed on iCore

Tecore’s 4G LTE EPC can be deployed as a network upgrade for current 2G and 3G networks as well as drive the deployment of a greenfield 4G LTE solution for new market entrants. The components of the iCore LTE EPC including the HSS, MME, SGW, PGW, and PCRF are integrated into Tecore’s patented multi-technology software defined core network. The flexible platform architecture scales to meet the business requirements of multiple market segments. The EPC nodal elements are managed by Tecore’s iCore element management system (iEMS) providing a cloud based client/server management functional capability.

2G & 3G Interoperability

Tecore’s iCore 4G LTE EPC solution leverages Tecore’s patented multi-technology software delivering capabilities across not only 4G LTE but backwards compatibility and support with 3G and 2G as well. The EPC was designed to be flexible and interwork with 2G and/or 3G network solutions, providing a software based migration path to 4G avoiding the traditional telecom “fork lift upgrade.” As a key element to the cross generation support, the platform supports VoLTE technology as well as CS Fallback (CSFB) to enable the interoperability of voice services between networks and technologies.

Evolution to VoLTE

With a focus on the requirements for rural and remote system deployments, Tecore also offers the integration of key cloud based capabilities locally on the iCore system. Available as an option, the iCore 4G LTE EPC can be expanded to support the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) as a local virtualized function, thus paving the way for localized processing of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. As the larger networks transition from current fallback capabilities to the incorporation of VoLTE, the iCore is ready to support the migration forward.

Specifications

General

4G RAVEN

  • Target markets – Remote, transportable and laboratory systems
  • Operation – Standalone or Interconnected
  • eNodeB Capacity: 1 eNodeB
  • Packet Connectivity: 1 Gb Interface
  • Scalable up to 128 SAUs

4G NIB

  • Target markets – Remote, transportable and laboratory systems
  • Operation – Standalone or Interconnected
  • eNodeB Capacity: 1-10 eNodeBs
  • Packet Connectivity: Multiple 1 Gb Interfaces
  • Scalable up to 5,000 SAUs

MVP 2000

  • Target markets – Entrepreneurial operators and larger remote operators, and larger remote installations
  • Operation – Standalone or Interconnected
  • eNodeB Capacity: 1-25 Total eNodeBs
  • Packet Connectivity: Multiple 1/10 Gb Interfaces
  • Scalable up to 25,000 SAUs

MVP 5000

  • Target markets – Large capacity deployments
  • Operation – Standalone or Interconnected
  • eNodeB Capacity: 1-100 Total eNodeBs
  • Packet Connectivity: Multiple 10 Gb Interfaces
  • Scalable up to 250,000 SAUs

Features and Benefits

  • Compliant with 3GPP Release 8/9, Release 10 upgradeable
  • Scalable from 1-100 eNodeBs
  • Scalable from 1-250,000 SAUs
  • EPC with integrated HSS and optional PCRF
  • Software Defined Network
  • Network Function Virtualization
  • Circuit Switch Fall Back (CSFB)
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Interoperable with leading vendors’ eNodeBs
  • 99.999% Availability
  • Linux-based processing