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Mavenir enhances services by cloudifying its portfolio

End-to-end network software provider announces expanded cloud portfolio with four new solutions

Joanna England
|Jan 13|magazine18 min read

Mavenir, the Texas-based cloud-native software company is bringing digital transformation to mobile networks by offering a complete cloud-centric approach for public, private and hybrid services.

The leader in accelerating software network transformation for communications service providers (CSPs), announced four new solutions earlier this week, with the introduction of WebScale Platform, AI and Analytics, Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) and Digital Enablement Platform (DEP).

The cloud-native applications and technology innovations support the ongoing cloudification of mobile networks, allowing CSPs to meet the growing data demands on their networks. 

Optimised services

Mavenir achieved the enhanced services by moving applications to Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) computing servers and embracing a complete ecosystem with applications in the Cloud (private, hybrid or public). This move has maximised the basic Network Virtualized Functions (NVFs) and enables automation to streamline network operations. 

The cloudification also creates more flexibility and agility, providing the introduction of new services not only in the traditional consumer business but also in the enterprise arena. 

“Mobile networks require digital transformation towards webscale platform technology that utilises open source, Kubernetes platform as a service (PaaS),” explains Suresh Somasundaram, SVP of 5G Cloud Platforms at Mavenir. 

“While a Kubernetes-based platform (PaaS) provides the foundation for fully automated life cycle management, it is built for mainly IT and enterprise applications and requires additional and specialised functions to support telecom and specifically, mobile workloads.”

Somasundaram said Mavenir developed a common software extending standard open source PaaS components to support mobile workloads. He continued, “To support telco needs for webscale deployment and to provide agile delivery of new applications expanding to Performance, Monitoring, Legal Intercept and Security, Mavenir’s WebScale Platform is the solution to give Mobile Operators the webscale agility of the Internet players.” 

The cloudification and automation enhancements mean AI-powered analytics is an essential component, says Kuntal Chowdhury, GM, AI and Analytics at Mavenir. “It becomes essential to utilise AI and analytics solutions in a scalable platform combining real-time and big data analytics based on advanced Machine Learning algorithms.”

He adds, “Mavenir’s AI and Analytics platform delivers extensive insights that are mandatory for WebScale network automation, slice management, security and many other use cases defined for the MEC (EdgeAI), RAN intelligence, traffic optimisation and security. The AI/ML algorithms are defined with Mavenir’s deep telecom domain expertise, while keeping the interfaces standards-compliant and the platform open for collaborative innovation.” 

5G benefits

The benefits of cloudification in conjunction with 5G services include low latency and high bandwidth capability at the edge of networks. 

According to Ashok Khuntia, GM Cloud Packet Computing, the low optimised low-footprint data processing 5G Core platform enables mission-critical MEC applications in the areas of industrial automation, AR, VR, gaming, video surveillance and autonomous driving. 

“The additional focus on Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) will accelerate such applications for many different industries and sectors,” Khuntia says.

In terms of digital enablement, Mavenir also enables operators and businesses to launch new services faster with smaller initial investments. “Mavenir’s Digital Enablement Platform unlocks any network data, sources partner data, and serves up a value-added offering enriched through the platform’s flexible business control functions,” says Sandeep Singh, GM, Digital Enablement at Mavenir, referring to the Partner/Customer Management, Order Journey-Experience builder, Subscription/Usage Billing, Charging and Settlement.

He adds, “With the design focus on ‘adaptability’, the platform provides customers the agility and flexibility to experiment iteratively and deliver enhanced subscriber engagement experiences, ultimately benefiting in increased market reach and customer stickiness through new revenue generating services.” 

The leader in accelerating software network transformation for communications service providers (CSPs), announced four new solutions earlier this week, with the introduction of WebScale Platform, AI and Analytics, Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) and Digital Enablement Platform (DEP).

The cloud-native applications and technology innovations support the ongoing cloudification of mobile networks, allowing CSPs to meet the growing data demands on their networks. 

Optimised services

Mavenir achieved the enhanced services by moving applications to Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) computing servers and embracing a complete ecosystem with applications in the Cloud (private, hybrid or public). This move has maximised the basic Network Virtualized Functions (NVFs) and enables automation to streamline network operations. 

The cloudification also creates more flexibility and agility, providing the introduction of new services not only in the traditional consumer business but also in the enterprise arena. 

“Mobile networks require digital transformation towards webscale platform technology that utilises open source, Kubernetes platform as a service (PaaS),” explains Suresh Somasundaram, SVP of 5G Cloud Platforms at Mavenir. 

“While a Kubernetes-based platform (PaaS) provides the foundation for fully automated life cycle management, it is built for mainly IT and enterprise applications and requires additional and specialised functions to support telecom and specifically, mobile workloads.”

Somasundaram said Mavenir developed a common software extending standard open source PaaS components to support mobile workloads. He continued, “To support telco needs for webscale deployment and to provide agile delivery of new applications expanding to Performance, Monitoring, Legal Intercept and Security, Mavenir’s WebScale Platform is the solution to give Mobile Operators the webscale agility of the Internet players.” 

The cloudification and automation enhancements mean AI-powered analytics is an essential component, says Kuntal Chowdhury, GM, AI and Analytics at Mavenir. “It becomes essential to utilise AI and analytics solutions in a scalable platform combining real-time and big data analytics based on advanced Machine Learning algorithms.”

He adds, “Mavenir’s AI and Analytics platform delivers extensive insights that are mandatory for WebScale network automation, slice management, security and many other use cases defined for the MEC (EdgeAI), RAN intelligence, traffic optimisation and security. The AI/ML algorithms are defined with Mavenir’s deep telecom domain expertise, while keeping the interfaces standards-compliant and the platform open for collaborative innovation.” 

5G benefits

The benefits of cloudification in conjunction with 5G services include low latency and high bandwidth capability at the edge of networks. 

According to Ashok Khuntia, GM Cloud Packet Computing, the low optimised low-footprint data processing 5G Core platform enables mission-critical MEC applications in the areas of industrial automation, AR, VR, gaming, video surveillance and autonomous driving. 

“The additional focus on Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) will accelerate such applications for many different industries and sectors,” Khuntia says.

In terms of digital enablement, Mavenir also enables operators and businesses to launch new services faster with smaller initial investments. “Mavenir’s Digital Enablement Platform unlocks any network data, sources partner data, and serves up a value-added offering enriched through the platform’s flexible business control functions,” says Sandeep Singh, GM, Digital Enablement at Mavenir, referring to the Partner/Customer Management, Order Journey-Experience builder, Subscription/Usage Billing, Charging and Settlement.

He adds, “With the design focus on ‘adaptability’, the platform provides customers the agility and flexibility to experiment iteratively and deliver enhanced subscriber engagement experiences, ultimately benefiting in increased market reach and customer stickiness through new revenue generating services.” 

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