Casa Goes to the (Wireless) Edge
After making its name in cable with next-gen technologies, Casa Systems is now trying to build its reputation in the mobile sector with network-edge products.
In the latest evidence of that strategy, Casa Systems Inc. is showing off two new edge products at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. Both products are aimed at demonstrating that Casa, a Boston-based startup that's off to a strong early start in the emerging Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) market, also intends to be a player in the swiftly growing mobile market as providers prepare for 5G technology and the "ultra-broadband" era. Casa provides security and management tools for service providers.
"Casa has always been at the edge and simplifying things at the edge," said Donna Childress, senior director of marketing for Casa, citing the company's work with CCAP. "It's another kind of edge to us."
The first new product, Axyom, is a "virtualized" software platform that offers a suite of virtual network functions for providers to enable ultra-broadband and WiFi services. Casa said the platform, designed to be deployed on premises, at the network edge or at a central location, is based on open source technology and engineered for "multi-dimensional optimization."
The second new product, Apex, is a multi-standard, low-power small cell solution for wireless operators. Casa said Apex integrates 3G and LTE access with virtualized security and HNB/HeNB gateways, SON, HMS/HeMS and backhaul to deliver a "high performance, highly secure" heterogeneous wireless network.
— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading