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What is Cloud Network Function? Cloud Network Function is defined as a virtual network function (VNF), but with the added functionality of a VNF Manager and/or orchestration (MANO) that enable automated, elastic demand and service chaining functionality. Network functions virtualization (NFV) sometimes goes by VNF in the industry. Often used interchangeably, both focus primarily on optimization of the network services, contrary to software-defined networking (SDN), which separates the control and forwarding plane for a centralized view of the network. Virtual network function is designed to consolidate and deliver the networking components necessary to support a fully virtualized environment.
What is Cloud RAN? Cloud RAN is sometimes referred to as Virtualized RAN (vRAN). It is a broader understanding of the C-RAN, which does not limit the RAN to having a centralized architecture. The Cloud RAN in this usage can also imply a MEC architecture, which pushes processing power out to the Access portion of the network, and even further out to the devices themselves.
What is COTS? Refers to low-cost servers that are commonly available, plug-and-play appliances for running any virtualized software. Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software and services are built and delivered usually from a third party vendor. COTS can be purchased, leased or even licensed to the general public. COTS can be obtained and operated at a lower cost over in-house development, and provide increased reliability and quality over custom-built software. Commonly used in Mavenir's 4G and 5G Solutions.
What is CUPS? Essential to 5G networks, CUPS reduces latency on application service, e.g. by selecting User plane nodes which are closer to the RAN or more appropriate for the intended UE usage type without increasing the number of control plane nodes. Also, CUPS supports an increase of data traffic, by enabling to add user plane nodes without changing the number of SGW-C, PGW-C, and TDF-C in the network. This is independent evolution of the CP and UP functions enabling Software Defined Networking to deliver user plane data more efficiently while maintaining full EPC media service set at the edge.
What is E2E? Mavenir’s fully virtualized vRAN (Virtualized RAN), small footprint EPC coupled with End to End (E2E) dynamic network slicing capabilities enable the deployment of tailored service-centric architectures at the network edge, transforming local context, agility, rapid response time and speed into value.
What is EPC? The core network of the LTE System, EPC was introduced by 3GPP in release 8 as a “flat architecture” with the goal of handling data traffic more efficiently from a performance and cost perspective. EPC is offered by Mavenir as a virtualized solution (vEPC). The Mavenir vEPC cloud-based core network architecture is targeted to transform mobile networks through a highly scalable and nimble virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) that can adapt to a range of emerging 4G LTE deployment use cases.
What is IoT? The Internet of Things refers to the billions of devices worldwide that are now connected to the internet, sharing and collecting data. This is driving mobile transformation and new economics models due to increased subscriber demand and growing capacity needs. Mavenir’s 4G and 5G network core and radio access solutions support the architectures needed for successful IoT future.
What is MEC? The acronym used to be referred to as “Mobile Edge Computing,”. Mavenir leverages MEC usage as it describes the condition of the network’s machine intelligence and processing power being distributed out to the very devices accessing the network at the literal “edge,” i.e., Virtualized RAN or vMBC. MEC creates a new ecosystem and value chain, enabling CSPs to securely open their Radio Access Network (RAN) edge to authorized third-parties while allowing them the flexibility to deploy innovative applications and services. This widens the addressable market for CSPs beyond the traditional consumer-centric business model to varied vertical markets such as automotive, health, energy, education, manufacturing, and many others.
What is mUCC? This is a product designation meaning a UCC system that is “mobile-native" to the operator core network. This would include voice and video, a full set of cloud PBX features, personal web conferencing service, on-line audio and video conferencing for collaborative meetings, document sharing, screen sharing, white-boarding and converged business messaging.
What is RAN? The part of a telecommunications system that implements a radio technology (e.g. UTRA, Evolved UTRA, CDMA2000, DECT, GERAN) to access the Core Network. The radio access network conceptually resides between user equipment (i.e. mobile phones and other devices) and the Core Network. Mavenir's cloud-based version is Virtualized RAN.
What is RRU? A remote radio transceiver that connects to an operator radio control panel. Is used interchangeably with RRH (remote radio head), with RRH being the more common of the two. RRHs have become one of the most important subsystems of today's new distributed base stations. The RRH contains the base station's RF circuitry plus analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog converters and up/down converters.
What is UCaaS? Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is a cloud delivery model that offers a variety of communication and collaboration applications and services. From an MNO point of view, deploying a UCaaS solution means letting a third party, such as Mavenir, deliver a white-labeled service from a managed cloud environment. The third party takes care of all the network elements, keeps the software running and updated to the latest features and provides a white-label solution with a wholesale recurring price that the MNO can bring to market with their own brand, marketing, pricing, and value proposition and is transparent to the end user.
What is UCC? Unified communications and collaboration (UCC) describes the combination of communications and collaboration technologies. Until recently, enterprise collaboration vendors were fairly distinct from those for enterprise communications, with software companies like Microsoft and IBM dominating the former and telephony and networking vendors comprising the latter. However, this distinction has become blurred because Microsoft and IBM offer voice and telephony features and vendors like Cisco have moved into the collaboration market. Mavenir offers a virtualized version that is “mobile-native" to the operator core network.
What is Universal Profile? The GSMA published the Universal Profile in November 2016. The Universal Profile is a globally agreed, single GSMA specification for advanced communications. Carriers that deploy the Universal Profile guarantee interconnection with other carriers. RCS takes full advantage of the universal profile to provide a consistent and interoperable messaging experience between all supported devices across all operators worldwide. The Universal Profile is also used to support Messaging-as-a-Platform.
What is v-SAE-GW? This a virtualized gateway function of the vEPC. It is the main component of the Evolved Packet Core (EPC), also known as the SAE Core. Mavenir's innovative cloud core architecture allows for the vEPC platform to be deployed flexibly as a collapsed all-in-one vEPC, or as a vEPC with a separately instantiated Mavenir vHSS, or as a standalone Mavenir vPGW, Mavenir vSAE-GW, or Mavenir vC-SGN.
What is vBBU? Mavenir Virtualized RAN extends functional element virtualization to the edge of the network, and provides strategic differentiation by enabling remote radio units (RRUs) to interwork with the virtualized base band unit (vBBU) over ethernet fronthaul at a tenth of the bandwidth proprietary solutions require. The vBBU is designed to support multiple fronthaul architectures simultaneously and opens the door to previously excluded fronthaul transmission solutions.
What is vC-SGN? This is a collapsed packet core designed for virtualized environments to support Cellular IoT (CIoT) traffic. Mavenir vCSGN features simple deployment and optimization with reduced backhaul costs, enabling operators to quickly react to market changes, thus ensuring a high return on investment and a lower total cost of ownership.
What is vEPC? A virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) moves the core network's individual components that traditionally run on dedicated hardware to software that operates on low-cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. vEPC is an innovative Evolved Packet Core (EPC) specifically designed from the ground up for virtualized environments.
What is VNF? Network able to simulate hardware functionality in software as a virtual instance, which is supported on generic host hardware. Mavenir's approach includes architecting VNFs as Microservices, deconstructed into independently scalable components, as well as, an NFV MANO suite. Mavenir NFV CloudRange™puts CSPs in control of VNF or container lifecycle management.
What is vPGW? This a virtualized gateway function of the vEPC. It provides connectivity and acts as the interface between the LTE network and other packet data networks; manages quality of service (QoS) and provides deep packet inspection (DPI).
What is vRAN? A virtual RAN consists of a centralized pool of baseband units (BBUs), virtualized RAN control functions and service delivery optimization. With a virtual RAN, baseband modules are shifted away from the base station and to data centers – resulting in functions of the BBUs to be implemented with virtual machines in a centralized data center. This provides intelligent scaling of computing resources while decreasing energy consumption and capital expenditure (capex). Mavenir’s innovative vRAN solution (RRU and vBBU) is designed to address the requirements of pre-5G networks with design and programming capabilities that enable simple and inexpensive upgrades to 5G (NR) – providing investment protection and deployment flexibility.