Liberty Global Selects Benu Networks' Dual Stack Solution
BILLERICA, Ma. -- February 22, 2018 – Benu Networks, a leading provider of innovative virtual network solutions that enable service providers to rapidly create and deliver next generation IP services, today announced that Liberty Global, the world's largest international TV and broadband company, has purchased Benu Networks’ IPv6 Dual-Stack (DS-Lite) solution. Benu Networks’ Virtual Service Edge (VSE) platform is the foundation of the DS-Lite solution which allows broadband service providers, such as Liberty Global, to transition to IPv6 without impacting existing subscribers’ use of IPv4 Internet or applications.
In addition, Liberty Global and Benu Networks partnered with ARRIS International plc. (NASDAQ: ARRS), for strategic architectural design expertise, integration, and deployment of the Benu Networks’ DS-Lite solution by the ARRIS Global Services team.
The DS-Lite solution provides a standards-based Address Family Transition Router (AFTR) capability per the IETF RFC6333 standard deployed on Benu Networks’ latest, high-performance, x86 Multiservice Edge Gateway (xMEG) platform. In addition to standard AFTR functions, the solution supports a robust provider edge routing feature set (e.g. MP-BGP, 6PE, MPLS) for tighter integration while also helping to future proof Liberty Global’s network. Utilizing a software upgrade, the VSE platform running the DS-Lite solution can easily transition to a virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) solution to deliver Managed Business Network or Managed Home Network services. This supports Liberty Global’s GIGAWorld initiative announced in November 2016, which aims to accelerate the digital revolution in Europe.
Benu Networks’ IPv6 DS-Lite solution offers an innovative architecture with robust capabilities. Based on proven technology that is readily available to Liberty Global, and which integrates with their broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) (e.g. cable modems, xDSL modems), the Benu Networks’ solution:
• Provides dual-stack to users without requiring any public IPv4 address to be assigned to the CPE, thus streamlining the deployment and management of IPv4.
• Employs IPv6 in the access network to ease the IPv4 exhaustion issue and simplify the management of the access network.
• Supports native IPv6 traffic in the ISP core network which further promotes the adoption of IPv6.
• Delivers a future proof network which does not require new hardware to enable new network functions/services such as a Virtual Services Gateway.