Quortus today announced the release of a flexible, configurable virtual cellular core network solution targeted specifically at the needs of Mobile Virtual Network Operators and Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MNVOs/MVNEs). Based on the company’s ECX Core scalable, multi-standard core network software; this new offering gives MVNOs and MVNEs access to solutions with the exact scale and feature set they need to implement innovative services, while integrating efficiently with third-party network infrastructure.
Quortus’ MVNO-oriented solutions have already been successfully deployed at scale by Swiss communications provider Telecom26, providing underlying network intelligence and enabling an “anywhere-you-go” service that gives customers access to over 700 global networks via a single SIM.
“MVNOs are on a constant quest to differentiate,” said Paul Trubridge, Quortus’ head of product management. “They’re coming to us with a wide variety of requirements, and an equally wide variety of technical constraints from their infrastructure partners. We’re offering total flexibility, with a solution that ranges from simple subscriber management via an HSS/HLR module, all the way to a complete set of management and gateway modules, including roaming and billing interfaces. Our products are scalable, so you can ‘pay as you grow’; and we can build multi-standard GSM/3G/LTE solutions.”
ECX Core supports embedded, server or cloud-based (NFV) implementations, leveraging industry partnerships such as Quortus’ recently announced co-operation with Expeto, which enables a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) operating model. Quortus offers a variety of commercial packages including connected user-based pricing, making it economically viable to support anything from a handful of users up to 1M connections – suitable for emerging IoT architectures. Options include neutral hosted RAN support, and high-availability / redundant operation.
The new offering from Quortus allows MVNOs greater agility to rapidly deploy services and service enhancements. It includes a full range of standards-based operations and maintenance (O&M) features making it easy to integrate with a higher-level operations support system (OSS). Advanced roaming features such as IMSI steering give the MVNO/MVNE maximum flexibility, and the opportunity to combine revenue generation with outstanding customer experience.
MVNO services encompass voice, data, SMS, mobile broadband and machine-to-machine (M2M) platforms, and their solutions have to span a wide array of offerings and provide end-to-end services to remain competitive in the marketplace. All of this must be achieved while piggybacking on top of network infrastructure that belongs to a third party – namely, a carrier that is itself under strain from constantly shifting market forces. As a result, MVNOs and MVNEs must be dynamic and proactive in their approaches in order to succeed.