It’s all Happening at the Edge – Mavenir’s vMBC Delivers Vital Internet Traffic Offload at the Network Edge

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18 April 2018
Authored by: John Baker

Operators are facing a dilemma – How to remain profitable while cost-effectively meeting rapidly escalating network capacity demands. Nearly 80 percent of user data that transmits an operator’s network is an encrypted video that only benefits OTTs. It is in each operator’s best interest to architect the network to off-load this traffic at the nearest point possible.

Mavenir’s Virtualized Media Breakout Controller (vMBC) is the answer ­– allowing user traffic to offload to the cloud as soon as physically possible. “Approximately 40 percent of video content could be cached at the edge,” according to Iain Gillott, President, and founder of iGR. “The trick is to be able to benefit from the feature and operational cost benefits without having to upgrade to 5G architectures.” Mavenir makes this possible with the vMBC- an innovative, new white box platform designed to be positioned for cost-effective function at the edge of the network.

Defer Bandwidth Increases for Two years

With bandwidth consumption growing exponentially each year, the vMBC breaks out local traffic and directs it from the network edge, instead of moving it back through a typically centralized packet core. This offloading conserves transport and centralized packet core network assets on both control and user planes. 

What does this mean for operators? 

In one feasibility scenario, iGR estimates that if operators can offload 32 percent of the data from a network site (using a solution such as the vMBC), then they can defer spending on increased bandwidth for more than 25 months. On top of offloading traffic, the vMBC can be combined with additional virtual network functions (VNFs) that provide video optimization and caching as well as virtualized base band Units (vBBUs) for Virtualized RAN. This opens the door to using previously excluded fronthaul solutions and processing of the radio interface on COTS processors, with each incremental function significantly and positively impacting Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

Deploy Anywhere, Even Crowded Cell Sites

Mavenir's innovative solution offers the ability to host virtual routing, firewall, and user plane data offload in a single white box routing platform, deployable anywhere at the network edge including cell sites, near-edge data centers, local data centers, and enterprise locations. With most cell sites being too crowded to add additional network equipment, the vMBC, along with other VNFs, can be loaded on a compute platform that can directly replace a traditional cell site router, ensuring the integrity of the existing network and seamless integration into next-generation MANO operational systems.

Edge Computing
Crowded Cell Site Hardware


Leading the Way to MEC and IoT

The vMBC is a key part of Mavenir’s Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) and IoT initiative, improving next-generation core network services and providing a path toward 5G and edge computing. The ability to scale network functionality using virtual elements and COTS HW platforms allows network functionality to be deployed at any location. 

Mavenir’s vMBC is also optimized by design and architecture to support low latency use cases by enabling small form factor user plane deployment at the network edge. This greatly reduces network latency by allowing applications to be located close to where they are deployed, automatically replicating and synchronizing databases across multiple sites, providing complete failover capability. The solution is inherently fault-tolerant and can scale without limits.  

It’s all happening at the edge.


John Baker
John Baker
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John Baker

John Baker is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Mavenir. A veteran of the mobile industry, board member for 5G Americas, and sought-after industry speaker, John Baker leads the Business Development team at Mavenir, intent on disrupting the market by transforming operator network economics.

A visionary and driving force behind Mavenir’s business strategy, John is at the forefront of the company’s drive to change operator views on wireless infrastructure deployment—promoting a software-focused approach to innovation, with no ties to supporting legacy hardware.

Prior to joining Mavenir, John held senior positions with leading wireless companies, including: 

  • GM Mobility Infrastructure at Spirent Communications 
  • VP& GM Network Solutions atCommScope 
  • VP & GM Base Stations at Nokia
  • VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Pacific Bell Mobile Services 

John also contributed significantly in the development of the GSM standards. He graduated with an Honors Degree in Electrical Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University in Leicestershire, UK. John is frequently quoted in major wireless industry publications including Wireless Week, Fierce Wireless, Light Reading, SDX Central, RCR Wireless and Mobile World Live.