CND Eyes Fully Portable Mobile Mesh
May 15, 2017
core network start-up Core Network Dynamics (CND) plans to partner with
silicon suppliers to embed its OpenEPC multi-access core network
software in ARM®-based SoCs (System-on-a-Chip), building portable,
distributed mobile network solutions.
By integrating CND’s OpenEPC software with the radio access layer on
ARM-based SoCs, a small cell effectively becomes a complete and portable
mobile network that can be carried in a backpack or attached to a
vehicle out in the field. Adding mesh connectivity with dynamic,
multi-hub routing between multiple mobile EPCs creates a highly
resilient swarm of fully functioning autonomous mobile networks, ideal
for public safety use cases.
CND has already signed a contract with an international OEM who is
developing a portable, decentralized mobile network powered by an
ARM-based SoC for the public safety communications sector. This model
can also be easily applied to other remote communications use cases
including emergency services, oil and mining and construction, as well
as for IIoT use cases requiring ultra-low latency private networks.
The decision to target the ARM ecosystem was an easy one. Many small
cell vendors are already partnering with ARM because of the chip
designer’s cost-effective and high-density, efficient low-power SoCs.
CND will be exhibiting at the ARM Ecosystem Showcase during the Big
Communications Event (16-17 May in Austin, Texas).
Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Core Network Dynamics, said: “Signing our
first contract with an OEM aiming to build an integrated communications
solution for public safety is an important milestone – we are moving
from concept to reality. We are seeing considerable interest from
organisations wanting to use OpenEPC to create portable, mobile networks
using small cells, meshed together for unparalleled resilience. For
public safety use cases, ARM-powered distributed EPCs embedded in small
cells that support dynamic reconfiguration of the mesh network with
multi-hop routing for voice and data are going to be a game changer.”
is a complete and resource-efficient implementation of the Evolved
Packet Core (EPC), providing a core mobile network in software. OpenEPC
can be used for both embedded deployments as well as carrier-grade NFV-based
deployments scaling to millions of users. It is compatible with standard
smartphones, tablets and laptops, providing a cost-effective option
ideal for resource-constrained environments.
“The ARM ecosystem is delivering a range of workload-optimized, space
and energy-efficient solutions for portable mobile network use cases,
with the accelerated performance-per-watt and TCO advantages demanded by
operators,” said Noel Hurley, vice president and general manager,
Business Segments Group, ARM. “Working with leading-edge VNF solution
providers like CND, coupled with hardened and optimized ARM-based NFVI
open-source platforms, creates the value needed by the industry in
transforming the future virtualized network cloud infrastructure.”