Tecore Networks: Adaptable Software-Defined Wireless Networks

CIO VendorJay Salkini, Founder & CEO

Surging network demands have created a deep penetration of wireless technology into newer locations and industries, meeting the growing desire for ubiquitous connectivity. Acceleration in cloud and big data technology adoptions has created a pressing need for continual evolution and recalibration of wireless networks. Hanover, MD based Tecore Networks is broadening its niche in the advancement of newer technologies and standards designed to improve and optimize network capacity, security, and flexibility, all the while keeping a lid on costs. From government and military to commercial, Tecore has been designing, developing, and delivering scalable wireless infrastructure solutions to a wide array of markets for over two decades. The company’s performance and evolution is driven by their software defined approach.

Tecore’s technology foundation—iCore, a software-defined all-IP core network—is Access Network agnostic. iCore is integrated with over 40 base stations and access nodes that include access equipments of multiple tier-one vendors, supporting the latest 3G, 4G, and 5G architectures. The key to iCore’s success is its scalable software architecture that maintains industry compliance by delivering the features and functionality of much larger commercial systems.

“iCore is the world’s first complete, multi-technology mobile core network,” says Jay Salkini, Founder and CEO of Tecore Networks. It is available in three distinct implementations targeted at commercial, private, government, military, and OEM market segments. iCore delivers one or multiple core network subsystems, enabling support for the most widely deployed mobile technologies in a broad range of applications and deployment scenarios. This ranges from Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) to Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM).

iCore leverages our worldwide reach to deliver a comprehensive, converged mobile platform

Utilizing a carrier-grade, high-availability Linux platform, the next-generation iCore provides a solution for million-subscriber markets as well as distributed scalability across any-size market.

Tecore has developed iCore with upcoming markets in mind. With integrated media gateway capabilities and a choice of standalone or distributed architectures, it offers an efficient path to convergent wireless technologies, providing a sound technological roadmap. “Tecore deploys GSM, CDMA, 3G, and multi-protocol networks around the globe,” says Salkini. “iCore leverages our worldwide reach to deliver a comprehensive, converged mobile platform.”

The key to successfully sustain a global outreach is incorporating scalability and cloud capability in the solutions offered to clients. Tecore’s Mobility Virtualized Platform (MVP) delivers these capabilities to the iCore family of products. The MVP provides a highly reliable platform that is expandable in processing capabilities and resourcing pools as the network grows. This provides an upward scalability for the iCore suite of Core Network elements that was not possible on previous hardware platforms. The MVP platform leverages commercial off-the-shelf hardware and virtualization technology to create a flexible environment for the iCore Applications Suite. This ultimately translates into a flexible cloud-based Core Network and protects Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) investment as the network grows.

Necessity is the mother of invention and access to wireless networks today has become a prerequisite the world over. As per the 2010 U.S. census data, nearly one in five Americans live in rural or frontier areas. Tecore‘s team, according to the CEO, will continue to bring out solutions that keep up with the evolving technology and bring the rural areas in the U.S. up to speed. “It’s time that the industry, regulators, policy makers, and stakeholders, come together to forge solutions that learn from the past to bridge the digital divide in the U.S.,” concludes Salkini.