Polaris Networks Selects Advantech and Comtel For ATCA-based EPC Platform Targeting Small LTE Networks

Latest Advantech ATCA blade selected for carrier grade EPC solution in private and public safety LTE networks

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov.28th, 2012 – Advantech (TWSE: 2395.TW) today announced that Polaris Networks has partnered with Advantech’s Networks and Communications Group (NCG) and Comtel Electronics to create a new high-end solution for their NetEPC carrier gateways. Initially ported on Advantech’s MIC-5332 dual processor Blade, the carrier grade solution complements Polaris offerings based on AMC, and 1U server technology. With the ability to support up to 100K subscribers, the ATCA-based NetEPC targets smaller LTE networks such as private and public safety networks.

“We designed the MIC-5332 and MIC-5333 to be highly flexible blades for a wide range of networking applications and in particular, for those consolidating workloads. The Polaris NetEPC is a perfect example where control plane signaling and data plane packet processing can converge on to a single Intel architecture blade,” said Paul Stevens, telecom sector marketing director, Advantech NCG. “The availability of our MIC-5332 pre-tested in Comtel’s ATCA chassis allowed Polaris to quickly port NetEPC to an operator-preferred architecture in a carrier grade platform using off-the-shelf building blocks.”

“Polaris selected ATCA for the high-end NetEPC because of its high availability, service continuity and scalability capabilities.” stated Aditya Saraf, vice president, sales and marketing at Polaris. “We chose to work with Advantech and Comtel because of their flexibility in ATCA platform design and recognition as leading suppliers of ATCA solutions to Tier-1 TEMS. We also have a longstanding relationship as a supplier of ATCA validation and testing software to Advantech.”

The EPC-in-a-box solution combines the Mobile ManagementEntity (MME), the Serving Gateway (S-GW) and the Packet Data Network Gateway (PDN-GW) into a single carrier-class, highly-available platform. The MME provides user authentication, handover, idle-mode mobility and paging, and bearer management functions and interworking with 3GPP 2G and 3G nodes. The S-GW routes user-plane packets between the eNodeB and the PDN-GW. The S-GW also serves as the local mobility anchor for inter-eNodeB handover and mobility between 3GPP networks. The PDN-GW acts as the interface between the LTE network and other packet data networks, such as the Internet or SIP-based IMS networks. The PGW enforces QoS and charging rules based on configured policy, and also serves as the anchor point for network mobility.

Advantech's MIC-5332 is a dual processor ATCA blade based on the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 Processor. It enables the highest processing performance available in an ATCA form factor with up to 16 cores and 32 threads of processing power, fast PCIExpress gen. 3 lanes running at up to 8Gbps and best in class support. Two QPI interfaces between the CPUs improve memory and I/O access throughput and latencies when one processor needs to access resources hosted by the other socket.

The MIC-5332 provides a highly scalable platform for the NetEPC solution. Entry-level solutions can be deployed with low upfront capital investment in areas where initial subscriber coverage is small and can grow with the subscriber base by adding blades when necessary. An onboard Fabric Mezzanine Module provides connectivity to the carrier Ethernet network and is upgradeable to meet future needs. Advantech’s facilitates the implementation of remote management, configuration and upgrade services. In addition, the rear transitionmodule’s redundant storage feature provides a cost-effective and reliable subscriber database option using robust grade SSDs.

“The MIC-5332 combined with Comtel’s ATCA Chassis meet the carrier grade requirements of the NetEPC solution,” said Tom Inglese, director sales and marketing at Comtel. “The push-pull cooling, hot-swap, redundant Fan Trays and dedicated RTM cooling ensures that the NetEPC can work in any central office environment. With its 40Gbps capable full mesh backplane, single ShMC and AC or DC power options, Comtel’s entry-level ATCA Systems are also a very cost effective solution.”

“The MIC-5332 enables the highest network and packet processing performance available in ATCA form factor” concluded Stevens. “OEMs can scale to higher slot counts to consolidate other network functions on a blade or in virtual machines. The MIC-5332 provides cost savings based on modular and flexible architecture adding up to very cost effective carrier grade ATCA solution for EPC deployment in 4G private networks.”

Full information about the MIC-5332 and Advantech ATCA solutions isavailable at www.advantech.com.tw/nc/newsletter/Whitepaper/N[...]