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Malawi's 4G Operator Deploys Polaris Networks' EPC, PCC, OCS and Offline Charging Solutions

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Malawi's 4G Operator Deploys Polaris Networks' EPC, PCC, OCS and Offline Charging Solutions Image Credit: Polaris Networks

Polaris Networks said it has successfully deployed its LTE packet core – NetEPC in the LTE network of Globe Internet, a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) located in Malawi, a sub Saharan country in south-eastern Africa.

An incumbent provider of 4G-LTE services, Globe Internet, replaced EPC equipment from another vendor with the Polaris NetEPC to add scalability in its network capacity to deliver services to greater number of broadband subscribers and to improve the quality-of-service delivered to its customers.

Apart from the Evolved Packet Core, Polaris Networks also deployed Offline and Online Charging servers (OFCS and OCS) in Globe Internet's network to enable the service provider to charge its prepaid and post-paid subscribers differently based on their custom graded subscription plans.

The Polaris Networks NetEPC is a comprehensive implementation of the core network elements of 3GPP defined LTE technology. It combines the Mobile Management Entity (MME), the Home Subscriber Server (HSS), the Serving Gateway (S-GW), the Packet Data Network Gateway (PDN-GW), the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF), the Online Charging Server (OCS) and the Offline Charging Server (OFCS) into a single carrier-class, highly-available platform.

Being hardware-agnostic, the Polaris said its NetEPC can be easily used on platforms befitting specific deployment requirements. The NetEPC deployment at Globe Internet's network was carried out after completion of interoperability and integration tests of the NetEPC with LTE base stations, OSS/BSS and other equipment used to complete the network build-out.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn, Facebook 

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