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Mirantis Delivers Open Source Stack for Mobile Data Offload

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Mobile network operators (MNOs) are expanding their networks and extending their mobile data services to new locations to support sustained growth in demand from users of traditional mobile devices and emerging growth from new systems such as Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and always-connected PCs. This network evolution has driven growth in the use of edge servers to provide an agile network infrastructure that can adjust quickly to changes in demand or deploy new services. Mirantis, an IntelĀ® Network Builders ecosystem partner, meets this need through its Kubernetes-based Mirantis Cloud Platform Edge (MCP Edge) infrastructure stack and has been collaborating with Facebook Connectivity to offer wireless networking capabilities through an integration with Magma, a fully open source cloud native packet core. 4G/5G Will Co-Exist at Network Edge MNOs are building their 5G networks using virtualized technology and deploying compute and storage capacity in regional points of presence to offer network and value-added services. As they build out these services, they will still offer 4G service until their nationwide 5G network is complete. Indeed, the two technologies complement each other. A similar coexistence took place in the transition from 3G to 4G networks. 3G networks are just now being sunsetted, some 9 to 10 years after the launch of 4G service in 2009 to 2010. Because of the simultaneous use of 4G and 5G in the licensed band, and other wireless technologies operating in unlicensed (Wi-Fi, MulteFire, CBRS) bands, it will be most cost effective to federate some or all of these services into a single MNO back end. For this to work, MNOs must use a radio access network (RAN)-agnostic, converged mobile packet core with the capability to break out mobile traffic at the network edge, such as Magma. MCP Simplifies Infrastructure Management at the Edge of the Network MCP Edge is designed to efficiently manage cloud infrastructure in an MNO's heterogeneous edge server environment. As shown in Figure 1, MCP Edge integrates, monitors, and manages the lifecycle of Kubernetes and other open source software to provide an edge infrastructure stack optimized for containers. It includes the Virtlet container runtime interface to enable virtual machines (VMs) to run on Kubernetes clusters to support legacy virtual network functions (VNFs) or networking functions that include both containerized and virtualized components. MCP Edge enables operators to build and manage carrier-grade infrastructure for edge services using any combination of container, virtual machine, or bare metal points of presence (PoPs). Mirantis Delivers Open Source Stack for Mobile Data Offload Communications Service Providers Network Edge Infrastructure Mirantis Cloud Platform, integrated with Magma, an open source initiative by Facebook Connectivity, enables mobile network operators to offload cellular data to Wi-Fi at the network edge. South Asian MNOs are trialing the solution to meet data demands. Solution brief

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