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.)

Ivan Seidenberg of Verizon taught me telecom is a business of scale. New and small entrants need to be very efficient and nimble.

BubbleCloud could make a difference. You pay for it on Amazon only when you use it, reducing the upfront costs.

Here are the awards and an announcement.

The Athonet BubbleCloud on the public cloud (AWS) allows anyone, anywhere, to simply click-to-deploy a mobile network. We solve one of the biggest barriers to deploying and managing mobile networks – the cost and complexity of the mobile core network. We make LTE and future 5G deployment as easy as Wi-Fi; whether enterprise, national operator, regional operator or local community bridging the digital divide. Instead of monolithic national networks, we enable millions of localised micro-networks (bubbles) connected by the cloud on both licensed and open spectrum (e.g. CBRS). With the simplicity and cost of the public cloud, we completely re-imagine how networks are built and deployed.

Judges Comments

  • “Mobile communications is going beyond traditional macro networks into the business and the home. This requires drastic simplification and cost reduction of the core. Athonet offers a viable path to this future world”
  • “Athonet is  the first and only cloud-native software mobile core network solution on the public cloud (AWS Marketplace) that provides real- time, self- deployable, 5G- Ready LTE networks that can be clicked- to deploy anywhere. This can be a major transformation for operator business”.
  • “With the current challenges facing service providers and the pressure on investment  , and with the technology evolution towards the 4th industrial revolution. Such solution will help many telcos to be efficient in capital deployment without missing the race in introducing 5G”

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough (Companies less than $10million Annual Global Revenue)
Athonet for Athonet BubbleCloud

Best Network Software Breakthrough (Companies less than $10million Annual Global Revenue)
Athonet for Athonet BubbleCloud

Outstanding Mobile Technology Award – The CTO’s Choice
Athonet for Athonet BubbleCloud

Outstanding Mobile Technology Award – The CTO’s choice


30th October 2018 –  Telecom Infrastructure Partnership Summit – Athonet, as part of the TIP Edge Computing Workgroup demonstration with British Telecom, launched its BubbleCloud on the AWS Marketplace. The BubbleCloud is the world’s first mobile core network on the public cloud with a distributed edge architecture that is available commercially any-where-in-the-world for 5G-type use cases such as low latency connectivity for video, AR/VR & gaming, Industry 4.0 and V2X for cloud-assisted vehicles. The demonstration used an end-to-end software-defined mobile network from cloud mobile core to applications and LTE radio.

WEBSCALE MOBILE CORE – Mobile core running on the AWS cloud that is validated for webscale workloads;
APPLICATION INTEGRATION – Seamless integration with AWS IoT platform to allow any SIM based device to instantly connect, authenticate and securely utilise thousands of AI, machine learning and other IoT applications on AWS; and
DISTRIBUTED USER PLANE FUNCTION – Distributed edge cloud, anticipating the 5G user plane, which allows users to deploy edge computing

Improvements welcome