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Virtualized Evolved Packet Core

Mobile operators are competing to add capacity and services quickly, yet are finding that their traditional hardware-based architectures make this endeavor too expensive and time-consuming. By moving to a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), operators can quickly react to market changes, reduce backhaul costs, and reduce services time to market by simplifying deployment, interoperability, and optimization.

A recent IDC study shows that virtualizing the entire set of EPC functions enables the mobile network infrastructure to operate at a higher utilization rate of up to 87%, resulting in opex cost efficiencies of up to 25%. The study also shows that factors such as the extent of network virtualization and control/user plane separation–driven architectures can result in potential opex cost savings in the range of 20 to 40% over a five-year period.

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The New Mobile Network Economics

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Future Proofing Mobile Network Economics

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The Impact of Virtualization on Messaging Services, Ran & the Control Plane

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