WiChorus Unveils SmartCore, Industry's First Purpose-Built Platform for Smart 4G Core Networks

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WiChorus today unveiled its SmartCoreTM platform, a purpose-built wireless core solution for WiMAX and long-term evolution (LTE) networks. SmartCore is the industry's first 4G platform designed to meet the needs of the emerging mobile Internet. With unmatched performance, network intelligence, and scalability, the SmartCore platform allows wireless operators to deliver new, innovative mobile broadband services; monetize the Internet; streamline operational costs; and ensure an optimal end-user experience for their subscribers.

The emerging mobile Internet poses unique challenges for wireless operators

WiChorus today unveiled its SmartCoreTM platform, a purpose-built wireless core solution for WiMAX and long-term evolution (LTE) networks. SmartCore is the industry's first 4G platform designed to meet the needs of the emerging mobile Internet. With unmatched performance, network intelligence, and scalability, the SmartCore platform allows wireless operators to deliver new, innovative mobile broadband services; monetize the Internet; streamline operational costs; and ensure an optimal end-user experience for their subscribers.

WiChorus' SmartCore platforms power market-leading WiMAX solutions including the following:

  •     Intelligent ASN Gateway
  •     Intelligent Home Agent
  •     WiMAX Mobile Internet Gateway

SmartCore platforms are also designed to support LTE Service Gateway, PDN Gateway, and Mobility Management Entity functions as well as Pico and Femto Gateway solutions.

The newest solution, the WiMAX Mobile Internet Gateway™, provides all of the WiMAX core functions necessary to deploy Mobile WiMAX networks in a single SmartCore platform, simplifying initial WiMAX deployments.

"The emerging mobile Internet poses unique challenges for wireless operators," said Rehan Jalil, CEO of WiChorus "Operators are faced with innovative web companies targeting premium subscribers, bandwidth demands disproportionate to average revenue per subscriber, and peer-to-peer traffic running rampant on their valuable wireless spectrum. Smart 4G networks enabled by SmartCore tackle this new environment by delivering dramatically better cost per Mbps and line-rate network intelligence to help control and monetize Internet traffic."

The SmartCore Platform
The SmartCore family is based on a unique design that fully distributes control and content processing functions across its blades, which are fully interconnected by very-high-speed dedicated links. The fully distributed carrier-grade software effectively utilizes all the hardware resources across the chassis, on an as needed basis - resulting in a robust, massively scalable architecture. The linear scaling provides operators with feature-rich entry-level solutions, along with a smooth migration path towards large-scale networks.

The product family includes the following:

  •     SC 1400 fully redundant carrier-grade platform with 14 slots.
  •     SC 600 fully redundant, dense, carrier-grade platform with 6 slots
  •     SC 20 and SC 100 appliances

"The promise of WiMAX and LTE is simple - mobile data that's cheaper and more akin to broadband than current 3G offers," notes Peter Jarich, research director with Current Analysis. "In the wireless core, the implication is that new platforms will be required to handle all of this data while layering on intelligence to manage traffic, provide security functions, protect against peer-to-peer abuse, and more. WiChorus, with its purpose-built SmartCore platform, is the first vendor formed to specifically meet the needs of 4G networks and the operators launching them."

Existing 3G platforms lack the capacity and throughput needed to offer truly broadband mobile services on a large scale. In addition, older-generation architectures were not designed with the needs of the mobile internet in mind, including extensive deep packet inspection and peer-to-peer traffic-management capabilities at line rate. The SmartCore platform was purpose-built to address these emerging requirements.

4G Performance
The SmartCore platform delivers an order of magnitude greater performance than current 3G solutions in the market, paving the way for truly broadband mobile services. With innovative new devices like the iPhone luring subscribers to the mobile Internet experience, demand for wireless bandwidth has never been greater. WiChorus' SmartCore platforms are designed to deliver this higher bandwidth, along with the necessary control-plane processing required to support millions of real-time mobile IP service flows.

Network Intelligence
The SmartCore platform also integrates extensive content management, QoS, and security functions on a per-subscriber, per-flow basis. These advanced features allow the SmartCore platform not only to be subscriber-aware, but also to be truly application-aware, which includes tracking hard-to-identify peer-to-peer applications that are now commonplace on the Internet. This granular intelligence provides operators with a comprehensive view of how their networks are being used and powerful tools for controlling and shaping traffic based on content. In addition to traffic control, the SmartCore's network intelligence enables operators to support highly differentiated content-based services, helping them monetize the Internet and deliver a positive ROI on their spectral investment.

Carrier-Grade Platform
SmartCore systems are highly reliable, with hot-swappable cards, N:M stateful failover, and redundant components throughout to ensure no single point of failure. In addition to robust hardware reliability, the SmartCore platforms leverage a modern, highly available software architecture that provides hitless software upgrades, individual process monitoring, and self-correcting capabilities. These features help maximize availability of the critical core infrastructure, providing wireless operators with better network reliability.

WiChorus is working with major equipment vendors and reseller partners as they bring their solutions to market. The SmartCore products are currently deployed in over 10 active trials around the globe.

Pricing and Availability
The SmartCore products are currently available and shipping. Please visit http://www.wichorus.com for more details.

About WiChorus
WiChorus is the leading provider of highly intelligent, scalable core platform for 4G networks. Its SmartCore platforms enable operators to deploy smart WiMAX and LTE networks with advanced service and subscriber management, content management, and network optimizations, and to monetize the Internet for increased ARPU and profitability. Through its One Open WiMAX initiative, WiChorus has accelerated the availability of an end-to-end open WiMAX ecosystem, ensuring service providers have the option to combine best-of-breed solutions, like its market-leading Intelligent ASN Gateway and Home Agent products. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., WiChorus is backed by leading Silicon Valley investors Redpoint Ventures, Accel Partners, and Mayfield Fund. For more information, please visit http://www.wichorus.com

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