Starent Intros ST40

Starent introduced its ST40 multimedia core platform

May 16, 2007

3 Min Read

TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- Starent Networks, Corp., a leading provider of infrastructure solutions that enable mobile operators to deliver multimedia services, today introduced its ST40 multimedia core platform - designed to support multiple network functions and services required by mobile operators to deliver multimedia services, such as video, Internet access, voice-over-IP, e-mail, mobile TV, photo sharing and gaming. The ST40 is radio access-independent supporting multiple radio access technologies, as well as IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Multimedia Domain (MMD) functions.

The ST40 joins the ST16 as the latest platform in Starent’s product line of multimedia core platforms. The ST40 builds upon the multimedia core platform leadership Starent established with its ST16 intelligent mobile gateway – a field proven platform deployed around the world by many leading mobile operators.

The ST40 offers subscriber and network intelligence combined with powerful performance to address the needs of large, high-demand, multimedia deployments. The ST40 platform delivers the high capacity, high availability and high performance required by today’s multimedia broadband 3G networks, and is readily upgradeable to respond to evolving 4G radio networks. Its system intelligence can perform a detailed inspection of each subscriber session, shaping and managing the session based on subscriber, application or business policies. The platform utilizes deep packet inspection (DPI) technology, service steering, and intelligent traffic control to deliver this intelligence on a per-subscriber basis.

The ST40 consists of hardware and Starent software modules that allow the platform to fulfill a number of network functions and provide subscriber access to the packet core network, mobility management, and call control. The solution supports a variety of mobile radio access technologies, including CDMA2000, UMTS, and WiFi, and emerging 4G technologies, such as Mobile WiMAX, Long Term Evolution/System Architecture Evolution (LTE/SAE), and Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB, aka 1xEV-DO Rev. C).

Furthermore, the ST40 platform is designed to host several control and bearer functions in IMS and MMD network architectures.

“Mobile operators continuously strive to improve the subscriber experience while deploying new revenue-generating, multimedia services. When building out their networks, these operators must deploy products that will support both current and future requirements,” said Ashraf Dahod, president and CEO of Starent Networks. “With the addition of the ST40 to our platform line, operators have increased flexibility in architecting their networks and addressing their unique scaling, performance and service requirements, while providing a migration to technologies such as 4G, and IMS and MMD.”

The ST40 features significantly improved performance and supports value-added In-line Services. A single ST40 is capable of completing 15,000 calls per second while supporting up to 3,000,000 subscriber sessions or 54,000,000 busy hour call attempts (BHCA).

The ST40 offers a simple and flexible network architecture that integrates a number of network functions and/or enhanced services into a single platform. This integration promotes seamless mobility through universal roaming, streamlines network management, enhances unified billing and service uniformity as subscribers roam across different radio access technologies.

The ST40 platform’s In-line Service capabilities enable integration of services into packet core network functions. In-line services that the ST40 supports include enhanced charging and billing, intelligent traffic control, peer-to-peer detection and control, stateful firewall and content filtering.

The ST40 is currently capable of supporting the following core network functions, Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN), Packet Data Serving Node/Foreign Agent (PDSN/FA), Home Agent (HA), Session Control Manager, with plans to support Access Service Network (ASN) Gateway, Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), Packet Data Gateway (PDG), Packet Data Interworking Function (PDIF) and Internet Protocol Services Gateway (IPSG).

The ST40 is targeted to be generally available in the third quarter of 2007.

Starent Networks Corp. (Nasdaq: STAR)

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