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Veteran Telecom Hardware Player Adax Discusses Significance of NFV

By Laura Stotler December 01, 2015

Any discussion on the future of telecom and mobility wouldn’t be complete without factoring in network functions virtualization (NFV). Smart players in the legacy telecom and service provider hardware business understand the importance of NFV as networks evolve and are working alongside OEMs and operators to ensure it realizes its potential.

TMC CEO Rich Tehrani got a chance to chat with 30-year veteran telecom signaling company Adax at the recent NFVZone Editors Day Santa Clara 2015 event. According to Andrew Sproul, director of marketing at Adax, the company is currently focused on providing LTE EPC platforms to a variety of marketplaces.

The company’s evolved packet core (EPC) offering is the AdaxEPC, a fully integrated LTE mobility platform with support for up to 200,000 simultaneous subscribers as well as a user-friendly element management system (EMS) that enables components to be configured in any combination. That capability is an important part of any NFV architecture and one that Adax actively supports.

“The dynamism of configuration, of allocation, reallocation of resources where they’re needed, when they’re needed is the promise of NFV,” said Sproul. “Our background in hardware leads us to believe that no software solution rides without hardware.”

And while NFV is a very sophisticated, multi-layered management architecture, underlying dedicated hardware is still required to accomplish specific tasks surrounding security and deep packet inspection (DPI). The hardware and processes may then be managed very efficiently through NFV.

That’s where Adax comes in, offering a full range of packet processing boards, software protocols and protocol controllers, network appliances and integrated systems. The company prides itself on its longtime experience with SS7 and signaling intelligence, and views that as the foundation for its next-gen products moving forward.

“Our new tagline for 2016 is legacy to LTE playing on our background in SS7,” said Sproul. He added that the company basically offers customers a path to consolidation and modernization of their architectures, a concept that meshes well with the NFV philosophy.

Adax most recently announced a partnership with Ranberry, provider of a line of LTE picocells. The companies are working together to integrate the AdaxEPC compact LTE core network with Ranberry’s picocells, create an end-to-end solution that will work with any LTE Small Cell networks.

Check out the full interview below: 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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