Quortus moves intelligence to edge of mobile networks to offload core

The company has turned the mobile network core into an application that can run on a regular server

Quortus has launched the EdgeCentrix software, which allows the core of mobile networks to be installed at smaller cell sites, and in the process cut costs by offloading data and voice traffic, the company said on Thursday.

Operators are looking high and low for ways lighten the load on their networks, in order to handle increasing amounts of data traffic. One way to do this is move network features and content to the edge of the network, which is what U.K. company Quortus has chosen to do.

"We treat the core network as an application that can run small cells, routers or servers," said Andy Odgers, managing director of Quortus, who compared the current core of mobile networks with the mainframe.

By allowing most core network functions to be handled at the network edge -- including switching local calls and caching popular content -- operators can make major savings on backhaul, according to Quortus.

Potential markets include corporations, rural areas and remote locations such as islands, according to Quortus. For example in remote locations, operators can offer services where previously it wasn't financially viable to do so, by ensuring that voice and data services are handled locally, it said.

In general, it becomes easier to scale up the mobile network very quickly by adding more edge devices, instead of upgrading a big box in the center, according to Odgers.

EdgeCentrix, however, can also be used at a central location. A new operator that wants to get up and running fast can run the software on Amazon's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), Odgers said.

Quortus is in discussions with potential partners involved in small cell deployments and expects to announce agreements in the coming months.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?