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Allot Communications Demos Virtualized Traffic Detection Function

By Paula Bernier October 06, 2014

Some of the world’s large wireless communications infrastructure providers, such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and NEC, have recently announced virtualized versions of their Evolved Packet Core solutions, some of which are now in carrier trials and a few early implementations. Playing off the vEPC theme, Allot Communications Ltd. this week is demonstrating a virtual Traffic Detection Function.

The Allot vTDF proof of concept aims to share how carriers can realize savings and reduce their time to market through the analytics, charging, policy enforcement, and traffic detection this solution delivers.

Part of a vEPC network, the vTDF can sit anywhere in the network, from the core to the radio access network, explains Allot, which notes it has been an active participant in ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group and worked on VNF architecture standard.

As noted in the July/August issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, Alcatel-Lucent offers vEPC and vIMS solutions, for which it said at the time multiple trials are under way. Ericsson at Mobile World Congress in February announced its vEPC, which it said would be generally available starting this quarter. And NEC demonstrated its vEPC at Mobile World Congress, at that time said the solution was already in use as part of a national project in the Asian nation of Myanmar involving LTE and fixed-line telephone services.

Allot is best known for solutions that enable revenue generation and service optimization via the use of deep packet inspection. In other recent news from the company, Allot in September said it had won orders from three major data center and cloud providers in various parts of the world.

The company also publishes the MobileTrends report. In the report released in July, the company said 85 percent of operators are leveraging apps to attract customers and increase ARPU; more mobile operators are collaborating with OTT app and content providers, with 37 percent of operators having at least one partnership with an OTT outfit; and that shared data plans are on the rise while unlimited data plans are on the decline.

“The findings of the latest Allot MobileTrends Charging Report show that operators are connecting more and more to the digital lifestyle of their customers as they move from selling gigabytes to selling services and applications-centric benefits,” said Allot Communications AVP Marketing, Yaniv Sulkes. “As more mobile operators become application-centric, it is a win for all: operators are attracting consumers, content providers benefit from higher traffic and consumers enjoy better quality of experience."

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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