Skinny IT’s Virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) is specifically designed to optimize the deployment of data and voice services for mobile operators transforming their networks to 4G LTE.

Skinny IT’s EPC solution provides a full suite of standards-defined wireless functions (SGW, PGW and MME) on a virtualized software platform that provides mobile operators the flexibility and cost efficiencies needed to cope with growth in mobile data traffic.

Skinny IT’s EPC is a software-based, carrier grade solution that can be deployed on cloud-based infrastructures using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to rapidly scale capacity and adapt to new deployment models.

Skinny IT’s EPC is based on a unique distributed architecture that splits control and bearer planes which optimizes packet processing and introduces capacity gains and cost efficiencies, as compared to conventional EPC solutions.

This revolutionary approach optimizes the overall LTE architecture with the integration of EPC and IMS on cloud-based infrastructure and makes the mobile core network access independent.

Typical LTE architectures today are based on monolithic, purpose-built platforms that are de-ployed in centralized data centers, and have dedicated infrastructure for separate access net-works, such as LTE or Wi-Fi.

Skinny IT’s approach simplifies the mobile core network by option-ally integrating Skinny IT’s Session Border Control (SBC) with the EPC thus providing flexible and unified access to 4G LTE services.

The virtualized SGW, PGW and MME can all easily be deployed in the operator’s cloud-based infrastructure and are part of Skinny IT’s end-to-end EPC suite, evolving on the robust UAG product platform.

Serving Gateway (SGW)

Skinny IT’s virtualized standards-based SGW provides user plane connectivity for a variety of access networks like 2G, 3G and LTE. It functions like a user plane mobility anchor and handles packet routing and forwarding functions with highly optimized packet processing capabilities.

Features of Skinny IT’s SGW include:

Virtualized, based on Skinny IT’s carrier grade sOne Convergence Platform, for high availability, scalability, and performance
Standards based, fully compliant to 3GPP Optimized packet processing, high throughput with per user QoS support
Distributed control and bearer plane architecture, triggering capacity gains and cost efficiencies
Unified Support for all access types (GSM, WCDMA and LTE) allowing seamless mobility
All-IP based architecture

PDN Gateway (PGW)

Skinny IT’s virtualized standards-based PGW provides connectivity to external Packet Data Networks like the Internet/Intranet, and IMS (enabling services such as VoLTE).

The PGW interoperates with both 3GPP (2G, 3G, LTE) and non-3GPP (i.e. Wi-Fi) access networks, offering seamless mobility. It handles packet routing and forwarding functions with highly optimized packet processing capabilities also hosting the Policy and Charging Enforcement Function (PCEF), enabling QoS differentiation.

Features of Skinny IT’s PGW include:

Virtualized, based on Skinny IT’s carrier grade sOne Convergence Platform, for high availability, scalability, and performance Standards based, fully compliant to 3GPP
Optimized packet processing, high throughput with per user
QoS support
Distributed control and bearer plane architecture, triggering capacity gains and cost efficiencies
Unified support for 3GPP and non-3GPP access types allowing seamless mobility
All-IP based architecture

Mobility Management Entity (MME)

Skinny IT’s virtualized Mobility Management Entity (MME) is highly scalable, providing standards based mobility management and control functions including intra-LTE, intra-3GPP mobility, security procedures, and session management.

Features of Skinny IT’s MME include:

Virtualized, based on Skinny IT’s carrier grade sOne Convergence Platform, for high availability, scalability, and performance
Standards based, fully compliant to 3GPP Unified support for all access types (GSM, WCDMA and LTE) allowing seamless mobility
All-IP based architecture

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