Small Cells & Enterprise:The New Architecture - Mobile World Congress 2014


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Delivered by Quortus CEO Andy Odgers at the Small Cell Zone, Mobile World Congress 2014. Covering enterprise needs & opportunities; SCF release 2 for enterprise; Quortus ECX product portfolio; enterprise architectural concepts; service integration.

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Small Cells & Enterprise:The New Architecture - Mobile World Congress 2014

  1. 1. Small Cells in the Enterprise: The New Architecture Small Cell Zone, MWC 2014 Andy Odgers, CEO
  2. 2. Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Enterprise needs & opportunities SCF Release 2 for Enterprise Quortus ECX product portfolio Enterprise architectural concepts Service integration 2
  3. 3. Quortus – The company • Headquartered near London, UK • Software technology company • Sub-system oriented • Core network functionality – at the network edge • Technology branded EdgeCentrix, or ECX • Radio agnostic • Target markets: Enterprise, public-safety, tactical • Channels: System integrators, solution providers • Small Cell Forum award winner 2012 • ‘Best service or application for small cells’ 3
  4. 4. Small Cells in the Enterprise • Enterprise voice traffic predicted to grow at 12% to 2017 • Needs: • Increased integration with IT and local voice systems • Scalable, high quality voice and data capacity • Challenges: • Enhanced quality coverage for voice • Mobile hand-off • Demarcation between MNO and Enterprise • Opportunities • New MNO business models such as neutral host & cloud services • Improved relationships with Enterprises – reduced churn 4
  5. 5. New Enterprise solutions • Solutions based around Small Cells • Cost effective • Relative ease of installation • Localised intelligence • Distributed processing, not unlike small cells themselves • Option for hosting • New cloud oriented hosting • Enabler for future new revenues & services • Time to market • Leverages value within existing eco-systems 5
  6. 6. Small Cell Forum Release 2 • • • • Comprehensive guide to Enterprise deployment Set of 25 documents, including a reference architecture Helps unlock Enterprise opportunity Follows-on from successful Residential Release • New challenges, increased complexity, more stakeholders • Published December 2013 6
  7. 7. SCF Reference Architecture • More functionality outside traditional MNO core • Careful and considered migration towards network edge • Two new main architectural functions • Enterprise Small Cell Concentrator (ESCC) • Enterprise Small Cell Gateway (ESCG) • Voice is main Enterprise driver – Still the ‘Killer App’ • Data isn’t ‘natural’! • ‘SCF067 Enterprise Small Cell Network Architectures’ • Document available from 7
  8. 8. ‘Enterprise’ characteristics Residential Single cell (single location) Low user density Low traffic load No mobility Limited local services User expectation same as macro Limited scope to monetise Examples: Home, SOHO Enterprise Multi-cell (multi-location?) Medium user density Medium traffic load Mobility, local and out to macro High level of local service interop Higher level of user expectation Potential sources of new revenue Examples: SMEs, corporate buildings Shopping malls 8
  9. 9. The migration to the edge • Traditional network core: • Defined by ‘size and weight’ as much as functionality • Scaled by making big box in the middle even bigger • Compare with Internet-style distributed model: • Scaled by addition of intelligent endpoints • Relatively minor changes to the ‘core’ (ie to capacity) • Need to recognised balance of core/cloud vs edge • Powerful drivers for ‘neutral host’ SP layer 9
  10. 10. On-the-edge benefits Offload – allows capacity scaling Aggregation – allows coverage scaling Service convergence were services used/consumed Allows better leverage of non-cellular ecosystems Drives innovation, and communities – ‘not just a phone number’ • Disruption kept at edge, (rapid) innovation at edge • More (perceived?!) end-user control – monetise-able • • • • • 10
  11. 11. Quortus ECX Enterprise The first GA implementation of SCF Release 2 architecture Two software products: ECX Enterprise Concentrator ECX Enterprise Gateway • Built upon award-winning Quortus EdgeCentrix technology • Designed for hosted and on-premise deployment • Sub-system, supplied into solution providers 11
  12. 12. Quortus ECX Enterprise • Enabler of operator/Enterprise benefits listed in SCF Business Case • Commercially available 2014 Q1 • White paper and further info available at 12
  13. 13. ECX on local controller – CPE model Voice Packet Data HNB GW MNO Core network • MNO boundary is protected • Edge is physical edge, on or colocated with the radio • Grow ecosystem • Convergence at the edge Network edge Quortus ECX Enterprise space Local PBX 13
  14. 14. ECX in the cloud – Hosted model Network edge The ‘cloud’ Voice Packet Data HNB GW MNO Core network • • • • MNO boundary is protected 3rd party SPs can add value No impact on ‘physical’ edge Legal intercept compatible Quortus ECX Hosted PBX Hosting SP Consumer / Enterprise space 14
  15. 15. Design requirements • Need for well defined demarcation point between MNO and Enterprise IT for: • System management, IP security and IP engineering • Service hand-off, any sensitive signalling • • • • • • No ‘hijacking’ of traffic! Quick to scale Maintain network security integrity (eg. IPSec tunnels) Billing integrity. Can monetise solution. Strong firewalling to prevent bridging of IP networks Honour legal intercept & other regulatory obligations 15
  16. 16. Quortus ECX – Key features 1. 3G Iuh aggregation 2. Mobility offload 3. Voice and data offload 4. Local service interaction SCF ESCC implementation SCF ESCG implementation 16
  17. 17. Quortus ECX – Key features 1. 3G Iuh aggregation 2. Mobility offload 3. Voice and data offload 4. Local service interaction 17
  18. 18. Iuh Aggregation – Premise based • Aggregation function within ECX on Enterprise premise • Effective coverage multiplier • Saves on core network capex MNO Enterprise • Not necessarily linear • Creates ‘fan-out’ to achieve scale Mobile operator core HNB Gateway Security Gateway Internet Iuh ECX Enterprise Concentrator Iuh Iuh 18
  19. 19. Iuh Aggregation – Hosted • Aggregation function within hosted ECX • Iuh backhauled fully through SeGW • Opportunity for 3rd party SCaaS providers? MNO Enterprise Mobile operator core HNB Gateway Iuh ECX Enterprise Concentrator Security Gateway Internet Iuh Iuh 19
  20. 20. Quortus ECX – Key features 1. 3G Iuh aggregation 2. Mobility offload 3. Voice and data offload 4. Local service interaction 20
  21. 21. Mobility offload 1 PSTN user • Takes burden of signalling away Mobile operator MSC HNB Gateway from real core (FGW & MSC/SGSN) Iuh • Call continuity during hand-out, anchor point MNO Internet Enterprise • Can’t monetise handover Iuh • Aim: Data/voice session continuity Mobility Control during hand-out to macro Cell A ECX Iuh Cell B 21
  22. 22. Mobility offload 2 PSTN user • Mobility anchor point within Enterprise • No handover signalling through HNB GW or MNO MSC • Signalling between on-premise cells only • Faster, higher quality handovers HNB Gateway MNO Enterprise Internet Mobility Control Cell A Mobile operator MSC Handover signaling Cell B 22
  23. 23. Mobility offload 3 PSTN user • Handset now on Cell B, no macro signalling occurred • More complex scenarios cover hand-out to the macro network Mobile operator MSC HNB Gateway MNO Enterprise Internet Mobility Control Cell A Cell B 23
  24. 24. Quortus ECX – Key features 1. 3G Iuh aggregation 2. Mobility offload 3. Voice and data offload 4. Service interaction 24
  25. 25. Voice offload - Concept Mobile operator core • • • • • • Authentication still through macro HNB Gateway Bring Your Own Device BYOD Iuh SIP register – like an extension MNO No downloaded clients Internet Enterprise Leverages IP-PBX features SIP Local Offload LTE: Local P-CSCF SIPUA IP-PBX ECX Control Iuh x2001 x2020 25
  26. 26. Voice offload – Hosted model • Allow more integration with IP-PBX – MNO may offer as package • Opportunity for neutral host? Hosted IP-PBX Mobile operator core HNB Gateway Iuh SIP MNO Enterprise SIPUA ECX Offload Control Internet Iuh 26
  27. 27. Voice offload considerations • • • • • • • • Dialplan ownership and management User identity and short-code usage (inc. SMS) Audio offload & SIP PBX integration Pure local users (‘DECT’ replacement) Legal intercept (operator obligations) Macro hand-in/hand-out management Local P-CSCF anchoring for IMS/LTE calls Class 5 feature convergence 27
  28. 28. Data offload - Concept Mobile operator core • Leverages LIPA Local-GW concept • Access local LAN/Intranet from UE • Firewall for open access APs, avoid network bridging • Offload by specific APN • Transparent to VoIMS HNB Gateway Iuh MNO Enterprise Enterprise LAN Gi Internet ECX L-GW Offload Control Iuh 28
  29. 29. Enterprise service integration • Unified Communications can now include cellular access (BYOD) • Key to leverage 3rd party voice & IT app eco-system • Alignment with other evolving standards, eg VINE • Location reporting (potentially fine grained) • Analytics (eg shopping mall footfall) • Community oriented • Branded services (3rd party SP opportunities) • New APIs being introduced specific to small-cells 29
  30. 30. Thank you!