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Taiwan’s ITRI adopts vEPC for its Plugfest compatibility testing event

Adrian M. Reodique | Aug. 8, 2016
The vEPC was adopted to help small-cell LTE base station manufacturers verify functions for their base stations and improve the competitiveness of their systems.

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) -- a non-profit research institute under the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan -- has leveraged the virtualised Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution of NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology via NEC Taiwan Ltd.

In a joint press release, NEC and Netcracker said the vEPC solution enables virtualisation of network functions like Mobility Management Entity (MME), which accommodates LTE handset authentication and handover controls, and the Serving Gateway (S-GW)/PDN Gateway (P-GW) for audio and packet processing. 

ITRI adopted the vEPC for an experimental network established for the Small Cell LTE Plugfest compatibility testing event, which saw the participation of 10 Taiwanese manufactures seeking to verify functions for their base stations as well as improve the competitiveness of their systems and explore new business opportunities.

"We are thrilled to have helped ITRI successfully leverage the virtual LTE core networks for the Plugfest event in which ITRI validated the wide-ranging capabilities for virtualised infrastructure," said Atsuo Kawamura, Senior Vice President of NEC Corporation. "NEC and Netcracker will continue to provide software-defined and virtualised solutions, including vEPC, to service providers in Taiwan and around the world in order to enable the delivery of better services more efficiently." 

"We will remain focused on undertaking R&D activities in cooperation with NEC, primarily with respect to Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and the Internet of Things (IoT), aiming to develop new business opportunities and increase the competitiveness of the telecommunications equipment industry in Taiwan," said Dr. Sheng-Ching Cheng, Deputy General Director of the Information and Communications Research Laboratories of ITRI.   


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