Radisys Launches Industry’s First Open Source Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for the Mobility CORD (M-CORD) Project

Radisys’ open source EPC is one of the critical components required to enable 5G architecture for service providers

HILLSBORO, OR, U.S. November 10, 2016Radisys® Corporation (NASDAQ: RSYS), the services acceleration company, today launched its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) software as the industry’s first open source software under the Apache 2.0 license for ON.Lab’s Mobile-CORD (M-CORD) project. M-CORD is built on top of ONOS and the CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) open source project that combines data center economics and the agility of the cloud with the benefits of a virtualized and disaggregated mobile core, as well as access infrastructure and mobile edge computing for innovation and deployment of 5G. The integration of open source mobile core applications like EPC will provide enhanced service flexibility and agility in enabling 5G service delivery on the M-CORD platform. Unlike closed source and proprietary mobile platforms, open source M-CORD architecture and applications will accelerate agile service innovation with improved economics, making mobility more cost-efficient, more software-programmable and more cloud-elastic.  

“M-CORD is emerging as the platform of choice for enabling 5G as it aligns with communications service providers’ migration to next-gen networks built with open source components,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director, ON.Lab. “Radisys has been a leading proponent of M-CORD, serving as the project’s system integrator. Now, Radisys has taken a bold step in delivering the industry’s only open source EPC and we appreciate the company’s forward-looking approach to accelerating 5G innovation.”

The three key components of the M-CORD framework include mobile edge services, a disaggregated/virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN), and a disaggregated/virtualized EPC. Radisys’ open source EPC provides disaggregated and virtualized core services of Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) elements. M-CORD will also be the bedrock for 5G innovations which include connectionless mode architecture and mobile network slicing for enhanced scalability. As new types of digital subscribers and mobile applications emerge, the M-CORD framework will be the proving ground for how 5G service innovations are built, enabled and delivered.

“As communications service providers are planning today what their 5G networks of tomorrow will look like, we believe that now is the time for Radisys to deliver the open source resources to enable innovation for M-CORD as the emerging 5G platform,” said Brian Bronson, president and CEO, Radisys. “Radisys is firmly committed to the open source movement in both software and hardware. By making our EPC software available under open source license, we’re lowering the barrier to entry to service providers deploying next-generation 5G wireless networks.”

Radisys’ open source EPC contribution, including completed integration with the M-CORD framework, will be available in March 2017.   

M-CORD Resources

About CORD Project

CORD™ (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) brings datacenter economics and cloud flexibility to the telco Central Office and to the entire access network. CORD is an open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to network operators and service providers. It integrates ONOS, OpenStack, Docker, and XOS—all running on merchant silicon, white-box switches, commodity servers, and disaggregated access devices. The CORD reference implementation serves as a platform for multiple domains of use, with open source communities building innovative services for residential, mobile, and enterprise network customers. The CORD ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the CORD initiative. These organizations include AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications Corp., SK Telecom Co. Ltd., Verizon, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Intel Corporation, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung Electronics, Co. See the full list of members, including CORD’s collaborators, and learn how you can get involved with CORD at opencord.org.

CORD is an independently funded software project hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

About Radisys

Radisys helps communications and content providers, and their strategic partners, create new revenue streams and drive cost out of their services delivery infrastructure. Radisys’ hyperscale software defined infrastructure, service aware traffic distribution platforms, real-time media processing engines and wireless access technologies enable its customers to maximize, virtualize and monetize their networks. For more information about Radisys please visit www.radisys.com.

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