Sunday, December 9, 2012

Optus Tests Connectem to Manage Cell Congestion at Peak Usage

Optus announced that it has ".. begun a trial of cloud-based mobile packet core technology at its Macquarie Park campus (pictured). The technology has the potential to deliver a higher level of network performance for customers during peak usage periods, such as at major sporting events or music festivals. Through a partnership with mobile virtual infrastructure vendor Connectem, Optus aims to rapidly deploy network capacity to address short, intense spikes in network traffic – with customers benefiting from the increased connectivity on their smartphones and tablets".

Connectem was founded by industry veterans in 2011. Its VCM (Virtual Core for Mobile) platform "employs innovative solutions to avoid congestion and signaling storms while high priority users are assured access .. As an example, with VCM software an ‘attach’ request from a device can be processed at least four times faster and thereby improving the overall network's admission rate. Traditionally, data communication is typically user initiated towards the network. As use cases for network to device communication emerge such as M2M communication, today's signaling assumptions will no longer be valid". 

Nishi Kant, CEO, Connectem, said, “Connectem is working with some of the world’s largest mobile network operators and we have been encouraged by the interest in our technology. In Australia, we welcome the initiatives that Optus is taking in the area of cloud-based network infrastructure

See "Optus conducts world-first trial to tackle network congestion during major events" - here.

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