WiChorus Packet Core Is in the Clear
Clearwire has already deployed the WiChorus Smart 4G Packet Core system in multiple markets, although neither company is saying which cities. Running a flat-IP network, Clearwire needs packet core hardware and software to manage and prioritize the flow of everything from Web browsing sessions to video and -- eventually -- voice calls over its WiMax network.
"It sits behind the backhaul [and] controls a lot of base stations," Rehan Jalil, president and CEO of WiChorus, told Unstrung Tuesday in the process of trying to simply explain what packet core architecture is.
"The basic function is to terminate all the connections from every mobile device."
Simply put, packet core systems help operators to manage all the different types of traffic they can get on the one, big, dumb mobile IP pipe. This also means dealing with terminating the calls from what could eventually be a multitude of different devices over time. (See 4G Drives All-IP Mobile Networks.)
"It's not just about how fast you can forward packets," Jalil says of why his company won the deal over rivals like Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Starent Networks Corp. (Nasdaq: STAR). But that obviously has some bearing, as Jalil also claims that WiChorus's products are five to ten times faster than competitors'.
The CEO says that the San Jose, Calif., company's concept of "flow-oriented architecture", which boasts features like line-level encryption, is what helped kick the company into pole position. (See WiChorus Nabs $18M in Funding Round.)
The packet core deal is the latest in a big news week for Clearwire and partners. The company announced a new CFO and strategic head on Monday, then went live with 10 more markets and detailed some of its plans for using broadband stimulus funding on Tuesday. (See Recovery Act: Clearwire Reveals Plans and Clearwire Shuffles Exec Deck.) — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung