HP/Elephant Talk Case Study
Mobile network solutions provider Elephant Talk required multiple HLR/HSS solutions to support different networks, which was costly and made it difficult to centrally manage multiple subscriber profiles. By deploying HP I-HSS—the first solution to merge Home Location Register (HLR) with Home Subscriber Server (HSS)—on HP NonStop servers, the company now has a single user data registry (UDR) enabling seamless access across 2G, 3G, IP multimedia subsystems, 4G/LTE and WiFi networks. With this innovative HP solution, Elephant Talk reduced total cost of ownership by 70-80% while achieving 100% uptime for critical HLR/HSS services.
Ovum White Paper - Migrating Mobile Networks to SDN and NFV
As mobile operators migrate from a business model based on delivering voice and data connectivity to one based on service delivery, they are looking to network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies to provide mobile network platforms that are flexible, scalable, and support cost savings. Software-based virtualized platforms running on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware are the first step in this transition. The large equipment manufacturers have so far dominated the market for mobile network platforms, especially at the largest mobile network operators (MNOs), and they are introducing virtualized evolved packet core (EPC) and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) platforms for LTE and 4G networks as a first step in moving to NFV and SDN. The market discontinuity brought about by SDN and NFV will provide an opportunity for new vendors and new ecosystems to challenge the status quo with innovative solutions. Elephant Talk’s Software DNA 2.0 is a virtualized platform for mobile networks that integrates a comprehensive suite of software functions on commercially available servers to provide core network, intelligent network (IN), and OSS and BSS capabilities.
Virtualizing the Network
Wireless use is no longer about simply making phone calls and sending texts. We all know we live in a smartphone, Internet-access-in-your-pocket type of world. In that world, networks are constantly being updated and challenged. With the way wireless network functions are routed and stored today, it’s a lot of work and not as efficient as it could be. Because of this, carriers and service providers are constantly looking for ways to improve. With this in mind, software is becoming a core component of wireless networks, especially as mobile operators look to trim the costs associated with rolling out advanced, next-generation networks. One of the new and intriguing ways to do this is with network virtualization, which is achieved with softwaredefined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
Ovum on the Radar
Elephant Talk is primarily known to the mobile market as a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE). However, its software-based core network (mobile Software Defined Network Architecture, or Software DNA), intelligent network (IN), OSS, and BSS capabilities developed to enable mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) are equally if not more relevant to mobile operators in need of low-cost, flexible, and efficient core network and service management capabilities. Unlike many of its MVNE competitors that have concentrated on integrating their own core competence with other vendors´ products to build up their solution, Elephant Talk virtualized its own core network functions and BSS/OSS platform to provide greater flexibility and scalability and ultimately compete on cost. It is now offering this hosting capability to operators for their retail traffic. Having announced its first customer for this outsourced service, Elephant Talk is, with its mobile Software DNA platform, heading into direct competition with major telecoms and IT vendors.
Elephant Talk Software ET DNA 2.0® with Affirmed Networks™ Mobile Content Cloud™ on the VMware® vCloud NFV Platform
Elephant Talk deploys Virtualized Mobile Network Solution with operators in Europe and the Middle East using their ET Software DNA 2.0 platform and Affirmed Networks Mobile Content Cloud on the VMware vCloud NFV Plaftorm,