Open source project delivers cloud economics

4th August 2016
Daisy Stapley-Bunten

A provider of open source Software Defined Radio products for 2G to 5G wireless networks, Lime Micro, announces its collaboration with the CORD Project for a Proof of Concept (POC) on the Mobility Data Center (M-CORD). The work targets a number of applications including rural area coverage and use cases for Mobile Edge Computing.

This work forms a key part in Lime’s commitment with service and solutions providers to drive innovation around open source CORD-based platforms to solve the challenges in universal and reliable cellular coverage.

Building on the success of the original CORD Project, an open source project that delivers cloud economics and agility to the telco central office, the MCORD expands the scope of the POC to include specific uses cases of SDN and NFV for mobility wireless applications. The ability to seamlessly integrate new technologies such as Cloud RAN (C-RAN), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and virtualise core functions such as the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) provide an innovative and scalable solution for many of the issues faced by carriers as they expand existing networks and look to the needs of the future.

"Lime Micro recognises the potential of ONOS as an open source SDN platform and the service provider solutions it enables. The MCORD architecture combined with our open source virtualised RAN hardware implementation, should bring about the basis for highly innovative application enabled services," said Ebrahim Bushehri CEO of Lime Micro.

"We recognise that building a CORD reference implementation is an ambitious initiative that relies on community collaboration. We’re pleased to welcome Lime Micro to the CORD Project and look forward to the development of new and varied services and applications that the company and its ecosystem of suppliers will bring to market," said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director of ON.Lab’s CORD Project. "CORD Project and Lime Micro both share a vision to build mobile networks using open networking technologies."

CORD is advancing an integrated solutions platform that allows service providers to leverage merchant silicon, white boxes, and open source software platforms to offer today’s traditional connectivity services, as well as tomorrow’s cloud-based services, to residential, enterprise and mobile customers.

ONOS and CORD are available for download.

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