Athonet Mobile Cloud Core: Live and waiting for you at Amazon

Athonet offers a software-based mobile packet core solution available in minutes at Amazon AWS. Check Amazon; it’s ready to go.

Suddenly, anyone building corporate LTE, regional IoT, broadband in the shared 3550 or anything unlicensed, and more can get right to work with no cash down, paying as they build a client base. The majors are also interested; the CTO award panel included some of the biggest in the business.

BubbleCloud just won a record four GLOMO awards, That’s particularly impressive because it was only nominated in three categories. The fourth was a special CTO’s Choice award. That’s as many as Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung combined.

CEO Dr. Karim El Malki has been working on cores since he founded Athonet in 2005. The first product was tested in 2010. El Malki reflects that perhaps mobile operators were not ready then for cloudification.

Athonet is a new name to many of us, but they have done years of research. Nanda Menon writes me, “We have over 100 commercial systems in operation, public ones being the Govt of Finland, Enel (largest utility in Europe), La Ronde Mine in Canada, government of Italy and Government of France.”

Orange/France Telecom, BT, and Facebook have said encouraging things about his current products. The first few systems are live (French public safety, South American mining.)

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Why (at least) a mid-performance Edge cloud will be right for almost all carriers.

Deutsche Telekom may be the first carrier in the world to install an Edge Cloud, which they are doing at a remarkably low cost. By going further back in DT’s transport network, they reduced the number of boxes required from 10,000’s of thousands to hundreds.

A cloud like this – highly reliable but not quite as fast – would be a very small percentage of a carrier’s capex budget. (A carrier has the fiber and other equipment in place.) It would cut the latency on your network by 40% to 70%. Perhaps more important, the latency would be much more predictable.

DT started with an initial dozen sites, which connected to almost all of the country. It is also installing at as many as 900 additional locations in the regions. This is a Level 3 Cloud – on the carrier’s network but several hops from the towers.

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Could telcos lose the Edge Cloud race before it even begins?

Cole Crawford at Vapor IO is building a network designed to bypass the telco entirely. He’s installed an “aggregation box” a hop or three from the towers. Iyad Terazi’s Federated Wireless is ready to connect it with a dedicated radio in 3.5 GHz shared spectrum. That’s natural for certain kinds of IoT. The speed will be … Read moreCould telcos lose the Edge Cloud race before it even begins?

Upgrading the backbone can do more for latency than 5G

Enrique Blanco of Telefonica is collapsing his transport network from 8 to 4 layers. Lee Hicks of Verizon is “Ripping out 200,000 pieces of equipment as part of Verizon One Fiber.” He is replacing them with one-tenth as many boxes. Cost and simplicity are the main goals, but latency is being dramatically improved as well. I’ve recently discovered that the latency … Read moreUpgrading the backbone can do more for latency than 5G

“Levels of Edge” What are the real choices?

Where will the boxes go? Who will buy? Dozens of companies are jumping in, many with wild and contradictory ideas. “Levels of Edge” brings some order to the analysis. Edge clouds reduce latency with servers close to the customer. The true believers talk 1-4 ms; the actual results for now are likely 15-25 ms. That’s … Read more“Levels of Edge” What are the real choices?

10-15 ms servers deploying from Vapor IO

1 ms 5G is years away but the first 10-15 ms Edge Clouds are sprouting up. A day after I said, “No one is deploying Edge at the cell sites,” I discovered Vapor IO is deploying systems one hop away or sometimes at towers. Update: Vapor tells Mike Dano “Vapor IO is putting its edge computing functions,” where they … Read more10-15 ms servers deploying from Vapor IO

Pokémon GO first to DT “Edge network in the core”

Deutsche Telekom is building an “Edge infrastructure through decentralized cloudlets.” Niantic Pokémon GO will be one of the first apps, with other AR/VR nets joining in. Controlling autonomous cars probably cannot work, but coordinating them and working with the connected car’s onboard computers could yield remarkable results.

Cloud servers with ample processing power will be located in one of Deutsche Telecom’s 17 facilities that connect all of Germany or one hop closer to the consumer. 

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