October 18, 2011 – Benu Unveils Disruptive Architecture That Delivers Higher Quality of Experience at the Lowest Cost Per Gigabyte Delivered for the 4G Packet Core
BILLERICA, MA. -Benu unveils its disruptive architecture and purpose-built platform that dramatically reduces costs and improves subscriber Quality of Experience (QoE) for 4G mobile networks. Benu’s solution distributes intelligence and optimization to the edge of the 4G Evolved Packet Core (EPC) without the cost and the complexity of legacy vendor solutions.
A key requirement for the transition to a flat, all-IP network for next generation 4G networks is the need for distribution of network intelligence that has traditionally resided deep in the core towards the network edge. As 4G mobile data usage exceeds multiple Gigabytes per month per subscriber, the centralized architecture being prescribed by traditional PDN gateway (PGW) vendors becomes cost prohibitive: increasing capital expenditure, adding significant operational complexity, and multiplying backhaul and transport costs.
“Mobile operators are forced to rethink their access, backhaul, and packet core architectures as the projected increase in mobile data traffic and signaling strains their business model,” states Jennifer Pigg, Vice President of Research at the Yankee Group. “Operators do not have the spectrum or the budget to overprovision the network. Network pain points will not be relieved by throwing bandwidth at the problem; rather intelligence must be distributed toward the edge of the network where quality of service has an immediate impact on the quality of the experience.”
The core of Benu’s innovative architecture is the Mobile Edge Gateway (MEG) – a carrier-grade, purpose-built hardware and software platform that dynamically instantiates standard EPC network functions. Benu’s MEG platform leverages hardware acceleration to provide sophisticated intelligence, optimization, routing, and security with no performance degradation. Maximizing “good throughput” enhances subscriber QoE and more efficiently utilizes the mobile operator’s RAN.
“As mobile devices become more capable, driving busy hour data rates higher, operators must rethink centralized architectures and embrace more intelligent, distributed architectures,” states Dave Callan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Benu. “Benu’s innovative architecture and advanced technology distributes intelligence without distributing the complexity.”
Benu’s architecture leverages a unique Secure Distributed Fabric that utilizes IP to create communication links between multiple MEGs and allows a single MEG to consolidate and align subscriber management traffic to the Control Plane, thus minimizing the number of northbound interfaces and elements. In essence, this virtualizes the intelligence layers of the 4G network to account for future applications and business models.
The MEG platform is capable of providing robust security that supports macro and small cell aggregation and Internet backhaul. Further, Benu’s solution eliminates the approach of putting a “bump in the wire” between the RAN and the core network to achieve optimization and offload by integrating these functions into the platform, which reduces complexity and lowers CAPEX and OPEX.
Benu’s management team includes highly successful and entrepreneurial executives with mobile and cable network companies, including RiverDelta Networks, Starent Networks, Motorola, and Lucent Technologies.
For more information, please visit the Benu website: www.benunets.com.
About Benu Networks, Inc.
Benu is a mobile technology company offering a unique, purpose-built platform that dramatically reduces costs and improves subscriber Quality of Experience by distributing intelligence and optimization to the edge of the 4G Evolved Packet Core. The company received funding from Spark Capital Partners LLC, Comcast Interactive Capital, and Motorola Mobility, Inc. For more information, please visit: www.benunets.com.
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