RINA Wireless deploys 5G upgradable mobile core architecture

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Mavenir in collaboration with the Rural Independent Network Alliance (RINA Wireless), leading provider of technology services across rural wireless carriers in the United States, is deploying a 5G upgradable mobile core architecture that supports existing 4G customers and provides a platform for a cost-efficient, low-touch, flexible path to a 5G SA network.

RINA Wireless is deploying Mavenir’s future proof, cloud-native, small footprint containerized Evolved Packet Core (EPC), with a remote redundant User Plane Function (UPF). The EPC is fully scalable and deployed on Mavenir’s Webscale Platform which is a highly adaptable and scalable framework to run microservices-based network functions. The system uses software running on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware that provides cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and agility.

The EPC, part of the Converged Packet Core, enables the separation of the control and user plane allowing RINA Wireless to deploy remote gateways for managing local traffic breakouts, thereby reducing the costs of transport and latency. RINA Wireless now can expand mobile and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services to new regions and remote locations such as Alaska.

Ashok Khuntia, Mavenir’s GM and EVP Packet Compute, said, “We are pleased to be working with RINA Wireless on this network upgrade project. Our focus here is to enable RINA Wireless to deploy future-proof cloud-enabled technology bringing reliable, cost-effective service and new connectivity to underserved rural America.”

Allen Bennion, RINA Wireless, Chief Operating Officer, said, “The Mavenir team are committed to deliver an EPC that allows us to use open interfaces we can leverage to expand the number of regional carriers connected to our core”.


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