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Türk Telekom and Argela Announce World’s First Dynamically Programmable RAN Slicing Demonstration in a Commercial Network

progranArgela and Türk Telekom announce that they have successfully realized world’s first RAN slicing demonstration in a commercial LTE-A network. This will enable Türk Telekom to develop innovative business applications for 5G technologies.

Türk Telekom, Turkey’s leading communication and entertainment technologies provider, and Argela, a leading provider of telecommunications solutions for mobile and fixed operators as well as government and public safety, jointly announced today that ProgRAN, Argela’s innovative, fully programmable radio access network (RAN) architecture allowing for dynamic RAN slicing has been successfully incorporated into Türk Telekom’s commercial LTE-A network. The limited deployment covers an enterprise area in Istanbul’s commercial center, Maslak. There are plans on extending the demonstration to a second location in Turkey’s capital, Ankara in the near future.

“The cellular networks of today increasingly need to provide support for a wide range of use cases, potentially each with very different quality of service requirements,” said Firat Yaman Er, Chief Strategy and Business Planning Officer at Türk Telekom. “For economies of scale, it is imperative to develop a single, highly programmable network that can meet the diverse requirements of all these applications, and ensure that the network remains profitable for the operator. 5G aims to use network slices for this purpose. At Türk Telekom, we are excited to have realized the world’s first commercial deployment of RAN slicing. This will allow us to experiment with a fundamental 5G technology and innovate business solutions around it.”

“5G needs to be built in a flexible way so that capacity and coverage are allocated in virtual RAN slices to dynamically meet the demands of each potential use case,” said Bülent Kaytaz, Argela CEO. “A RAN architecture built on the pillars of software-defined networking and network virtualization is necessary to effectively use the limited wireless resources amongst increasingly diverse use cases. At Argela we have developed ProgRAN with 5G in mind, but also made sure that it is operational on today’s LTE networks so operators do not have to wait until 2020 to start using the network slicing technology. We are thrilled to see it in action on Türk Telekom’s commercial LTE-A network.

“ProgRAN’s dynamic RAN slicing capability carries the potential to link network services to new commercial opportunities for operators,” Kaytaz added. “ProgRAN allows RAN to programmatically adapt itself to different service requirements and customer experience needs. This means that an operator will be able to offer network functions to many different industries, such as IoT, healthcare or automative, using a RAN-As-A-Service business model.”

Argela’s ProgRAN provides a dynamically programmable RAN architecture. Its SDN-based programmability feature allows creation, modification, or termination of RAN slices in real-time, where each slice utilizes its own RAN control functions and governs its own wireless resources, allowing operators to quickly innovate new revenue generating services using the platform. Such potential services include massive IoT connectivity, mission-critical services, multimedia applications, MVNOs, Public Safety Networks, time and geography-limited resource reservations for public or private events, as well as dynamic RAN sharing.

“For each use case, ProgRAN dynamically creates a new RAN slice using a so-called profile definition,” explained Dr. M. Oguz Sunay, CTO at Argela-USA. “The ProgRAN profile specifies the size of the RAN slice, the identities of the eNodeBs and devices that are affected, the time duration for the slice as well as the desired RAN control functionalities to achieve the desired service quality. A ProgRAN-enabled network can have multiple such active profiles on the same or different parts of the network at a given time.”

“ProgRAN does not need a complete re-haul of an operator–s existing infrastructure. An operator may deploy ProgRAN capable base stations, or small cells, only in the geography where they feel such dynamic programmability is profitable. In such a deployment, ProgRAN seamlessly works with the rest of the network. This is demonstrated in Turk Telekom–s initial deployment of ProgRAN,” Dr. Sunay added.

A C-RAN implementation of ProgRAN is also available. Türk Telekom and Argela plan on extending their RAN slicing demonstration to include C-RAN platforms in the near future. Argela’s ProgRAN will be demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 27-March 2, 2017. Argela’s other innovative solutions will also be on display.

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Argela Exhibited at ITU Telecom World 2016, November 14th-17th, Bangkok

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Argela will be exhibiting at ITU Telecom World 2016 in Bangkok between 14th and 17th of November. At Stand #2733 -the IMPACT Arena Exhibition & Convention Center- Argela will be showcasing:

  • Central Equipment Identity Register
  • Regulatory Body Solutions
  • Multi-purpose Probes
  • Network Performance Monitoring
  • Customer Experience Management
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Programmable Radio Access Networks

Argela team will be present at the event to discuss your next-generation telecom needs and how Argela can help you in achieving your goals.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Argela Exhibited at AfricaCom, November 15th-17th, Cape Town, South Africa

 

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Argela will be present at the AfricaCom –the largest and most influential Africa-focused tech event in the world, the meeting place for those driving Africa’s digital transformation – which will be held this year in Cape Town, South Africa between 15th and 17th of November 2016.

At B32, Argela will be showcasing its Public Safety and Regulatory solutions for Governments as well as Rural Communications and Customer Experience Management solutions for Telco Operators.

Argela team will be present at the event to discuss your next-generation telecom needs and how Argela can help you in achieving your goals.

Hope to see you in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Argela Exhibited at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in World Forum, The Hague, Netherlands, 10-14 October 2016

 

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Argela will be exhibiting at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress which is the industry leading debating forum and showcase for the rapidly growing and massively influential, Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualisation industries (http://www.layer123.com/sdn) in World Forum, The Hague, Netherlands, 10-14 October 2016. During the show Argela will be showcasing its MİLAT – Secure and Profile Based Programmable Network – solution (http://www.argela.com.tr/secure-network-infrastructures/). Argela team will be present at location 121 to discuss your next-generation telecom needs and how Argela can help you in achieving your goals.

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Argela Exhibited at the 2nd Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition, ADEX 2016

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Argela will be present at the 2nd Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition, ADEX 2016. A grand demonstration of modern weaponry and technology, a show of the force and power of the national defence – the 2nd Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition, ADEX 2016, will be held from 27th to 30th September at Baku Expo Center (http://www.adex.az/2016/).

At Hall 1 – 1012, Argela will be showcasing its latest products and most innovative solutions for public safety and defense sectors, namely, Software Defined Networks as well as Autonomous Mobile Network (AMoN).

Argela executive team will be present at the event to discuss your needs and how Argela can help you in achieving your goals.

Hope to see you in Baku.

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Argela in co-operation with Quortus participated to Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Congress in Munich, Germany

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Argela in co-operation with Quortus participated to Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Congress in Munich, Germany, 21-22 September, 2016 (http://www.etsi.org/news-events/events/1083-etsi-mec-poc-zone). Argela and Quortus proposed a typical healthcare use-case, delivering optimized communication services in a hospital environment. Argela has provided ProgRAN Controller product into the Helthcare Proof of Concept and introduced network slicing capabilities during the demonstration. All kind of dynamic resource slicing/allocation for different user categories are applied successfully. This success shows how ProgRAN can be applied to MEC concepts.

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Argela Demonstrates Dynamically Programmable End-to-End Network Slicing for 5G on M-CORD

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Argela Demonstrates Dynamically Programmable End-to-End Network Slicing for 5G on M-CORD

Orchestrated network slicing using Argela’s ProgRAN and RAN-triggered core network slicing technologies is demonstrated on Argela M-CORD, the first operational M-CORD outside ON.Lab.

Sunnyvale, CA – August 15, 2016 Argela announced success of a Proof of Concept (PoC) programmable network slicing technology for 5G networks on its M-CORD reference platform. Argela’s M-CORD is the first operational rack outsideON.Lab.

 

 

Argela’s 5G slicing technology PoC enables the virtual partitioning of both the radio access network (RAN) and the core network (CN) components of the cellular network as well as orchestration of end-to-end slicing, effectively enabling Network-As-A-Service for different use and business cases.

The RAN slicing technology in the PoC is Argela’s ProgRAN architecture, which decouples the data and control planes in the RAN, and allows operators to dynamically create, modify or terminate virtual base stations on an existing base station hardware. Each virtual base station governs a non-overlapping portion of the wireless resources using its own, use case optimized control functionalities. The ProgRAN architecture also allows for vRAN implementations where the base stations are disaggregated into Central and Remote Units (CUs & RUs) and some of their functionalities are virtualized and moved to a data center as CUs. The CUs are pooled by the RUs as needed.

Argela’s CN slicing technology on the other hand, allows for a programmatically modular disaggregation of the CN components for each slice, virtualization of these components and implementing them using VMs on generic servers at a data center. The technology is capable of providing the most suitable resources and network topology to different types of use and business cases. Orchestration of CN slicing allows for the sharing of some of these components across multiple slices.

 

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The PoC successfully demonstrates how RAN slices can be dynamically mapped to CN slices in real-time to orchestrate end-to-end network slicing. The PoC shows how network slices could be orchestrated dynamically in order to meet specific service or business requirements. The orchestrator in the PoC is flexible and may map multiple RAN slices to the same CN slice. The PoC also successfully demonstrates inter-slice handovers.

“5G networks need to provide support for a wide range of use and business cases, potentially each with vastly different service requirements. It is crucial to develop 5G to appear as a “single system” that can meet these diverse requirements and also ensure that the network remains profitable for the operator. A use case optimized approach is needed for 5G, requiring a highly adaptable, virtualizable and dynamically programmable network.” said Bülent Kaytaz, CEO of Argela. “At Argela, we envision a 5G network where network slices are created and service specific optimizations are invoked for them programmatically. The slices will potentially provide individually optimized network configurations for all active use cases. In addition, they will provide a new dimension for operators to innovate revenue generating services.”

“We have been an active and critical contributor at ON.Lab to Mobile CORD (M-CORD), an initiative that is actively developing an open service delivery platform designed to provide data center economies and cloud agility to mobile service providers using the pillars of software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and cloud networking.” said Oğuz Sunay CTO of Argela-USA. “We have successfully realized the first M-CORD rack outside ON.Lab at our Sunnyvale office. We have incorporated our ProgRAN platform to M-CORD on Cavium’s OCTEON Fusion-M and ThunderX. We have partnered with Quortus to virtualize and incorporate their EPC into M-CORD. Building on M-CORD’s open source ONOS controller and XOS orchestrator we have successfully demonstrated our programmable, RAN-triggered, end-to-end network slicing capability. Programmable network slicing, based on virtual EPC and vRAN, is an important part of the technology evolution of 5G. It empowers mobile operators with the necessary tools for rapid innovation of new set of services. At Argela, we are excited to play a part in bringing 5G to life.”

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About Argela
Argela is an award-winning next-generation telecommunication solutions provider focusing on 5G enabling technologies Argela’s products and solutions enable commercial, government and military telecommunications industries to do better business, improve their users’ experiences and create new opportunities. Argela collaborates with technology companies, consortia, and universities worldwide to provide integrated solutions. Argela’s solutions portfolio includes software defined networks, programmable RAN, network performance monitoring and subscriber analytics, small cell solutions for public and defense (3G & LTE), cloud-based video surveillance and signaling applications. Established in 2004, Argela has a wide presence in Central Asia, Middle East and Africa, with multiple deployments in various telecommunication operators as well as public safety solutions for Government and Defense in Turkey.

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Argela Ürettiği 5G Teknolojilerini Google’da Yapılan 1. CORD Zirvesinde Katılımcılara Tanıttı

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Argela, ON.Lab bünyesinde SDN, NFV ve bulut teknolojilerinin üzerine inşa edilmekte olan 5G mimari tasarım projesi M-CORD’da önemli katkılar yapan şirketlerden birisi olarak öne çıkıyor. Argela’nin bu projedeki ortakları AT&T, Verizon, SK Telecom, Cavium, Quortus ve son katılımlarla, Google ve Samsung gibi büyük telekom şirketleri olarak listelenebilir. 29 Temmuz’da CORD, Google kampüsünde düzenlenen birinci CORD zirvesi ile dünyaya tanıtıldı. Bu zirvede Argela USA CTO’su Dr. Oğuz Sunay da Argela’nin CORD’a olan katkılarını anlatan bir konuşma yaptı. Konuşmada Dr. Sunay, katılımcılara Argela’nın ProgRAN ve 5G için programlanabilir uçtan uca ağ dilimlenmesi  teknolojileri hakkında bilgi verdi. Ayrıca bu toplantıda Argela, dünyada ON.Lab dışındaki ilk M-CORD kurulumunu Silikon Vadisi’ndeki Argela USA ofisinde başarıyla gerçekleştirdiğini  duyurdu.

 

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Argela’s and Quortus Mobile Edge Computing Healthcare Proof of Concept Accepted by ETSI

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Argela’s and Quortus Mobile Edge Computing Healthcare Proof of Concept Accepted by ETSI

Project demonstrating network slicing and open access at the network edge will debut at MEC World Congress in September

Guildford, UK27 July 2016 Quortus today announced that the proof of concept (PoC) proposal ‘Healthcare – Dynamic Hospital User, IoT and Alert Status Management’ submitted by the company and two collaborators has been accepted by ETSI’s Industry Specification Group for Mobile Edge Computing (ISG MEC).

The PoC, created in partnership with infrastructure provider Argela and operator Türk Telekom, considers a typical healthcare use-case, deploying edge intelligence and dynamic network configuration capabilities – including network slicing – to optimize communication services in a hospital environment. It leverages Quortus’ many years of experience in the field of enterprise edge-of-network architectures in an approach that enables innovation while aligning with the initial architecture framework proposed by the ETSI MEC ecosystem.

Read More on Resource :  Quortus.com

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Argela ProgRAN Shortlisted for 5G World Awards in the category of “Biggest Contribution to 5G Research and Development”

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Argela has been shortlisted for 5G World Awards in the category of “Biggest Contribution to 5G Research and Development” with its ProgRAN technology. ProgRAN is an SDN-based, fully programmable C-RAN architecture that allows for dynamic RAN slicing.

The award ceremony will take place in London on June 29th 2016.
For more information: https://5gworldevent.com/