The NetCore software delivers mobile solutions from high-speed data, voice and SMS to mobile broadband, on 2G, 3G, 4G LTE and 5G. Our service portfolio ranges from emergency mobile connectivity in the remotest of locations, to the testing of new applications in real-life network environments.
NetCore software is easy to integrate and is designed as a non-expert system which leads to fast results. We have removed any complexity to the system operation and management so that you can fully configure in minutes.
NetCore is multi-technology 2G/3G mobile network core software capable of providing high-speed voice, messaging and data services. Within a local core, there is the ability to perform call routing via the integrated MSC, SGSN, GGSN, HLR and VLR network functions with web browser accessible management interface. This standards-based software is compatible with Node B 3GPP Release 9 luh interfaces.
NetCore LTE is 4G Evolved Packet Core (EPC) mobile network core software capable of providing high-speed data download services up to 150Mbps. This standards-based EPC including integrated MME, SGW, PGW, HSS mobile network core functions and web-based management interface has full Quality of Service (QoS) control and is interoperable with any eNodeB 3GPP S1 interface. NetNumber’s NetCore LTE exposes a feature rich API enabling customers and system integrators to custom build solutions dependent on particular use cases or markets. Specific functions have been included within the API to give access to voice, data and messaging, enabling both recording and manipulation in real-time.
As 5G radio technologies mature, they are becoming assessable to organizations interested in evolving their 4G mobile networks to take advantage of 5G technologies’ higher speed and lower latency characteristics. While some are hotly investigating and making early investments in pure end-to-end 5G for greenfield deployments of radio and network core software which in the industry is called 5G SA (Stand-Alone), the more pragmatic are evolving to a 5G NSA (Non-Stand-Alone) deployment model which is a much less complex step and is much more inclusive of a greater set of end users and lower cost, readily available devices. The deployment of a 5G NSA network supports the installation of 5G NR (New Radio) equipment without requiring a forklift upgrade of an existing 4G Evolved Packet Core, allowing organizations to provide scaled up access to end users with 5G capable devices while not interrupting network access for the installed base of 4G users.
NetCore 5G NSA (Non-Stan-Alone Option 3x) handles 4G to 5G evolution without requiring rip and replace of 4G eNodeBs. This mobile network core software supports the simultaneous operation of existing 4G eNodeBs with newly installed 5G gNodeBs allowing smooth and systematic migration to a 5G-NR (New Radio) radio access network (RAN).
In deploying a 5G SA mobile network core to fully take advantage of 5G’s enhanced mobile broadband data rates and ultra-reliable and low latency communication capabilities, a completely new set of network functions with a new set of signaling and user data carrying interfaces are required as specified by the international standards bodies. The 4G EPC’s MME network function is replaced by the AMF (Access and Mobility management Function) with some of its functions handled by the SMF (Session Management Function) and the AUSF (Authentication Server Function). The AMF handles the UE registration and mobility management while the SMF handles the PDU session management and the AUSF handles the UE authentication part based on authentication vectors from Unified Data Management (which stores the UE subscription data and user-context. The 4G SGW and PGW have been divided into the SMF and UPF (User Plane Function). The SMF handles the UE IP address assignment and UPF selection while the UPF acts as the PDU session anchor, taking on the packet routing, QoS enforcement and charging functionality formally provided by the PGW. The 4G HSS functions have been divided into the UDM (Unified Data Management) and the AUSF and the PCF functionally replaces the 4G PCRF.
While many vendors deliver these network functions as individual components, NetNumber’s NetCore 5G SA delivers the 5G network core as an integrated package accessible via a comprehensive API allowing ease of deployment and operation, giving operators and systems integrators a sophisticated method for customization to support unique use cases.