Supercharging the Evolved Packet Gateway for Indonesia

Anders Lundstrom and the Ericsson 40Gbps Intel Xeon processor

Mobile broadband consumption is increasing. Discover how Ericsson can deliver large-scale, high-performance mobile broadband on Skylake. Anders Lundström, Strategic Product Manager, Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Core, explains.

Ericsson has historically excelled in the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) market with first-to-market product deployments, leading edge customer applications, and technology leadership in standards bodies. Because of this heritage of innovation, we’ve been able to stay at the forefront of technological advances, including enabling 50 million Internet of Things (IoT) devices in a single virtual EPC instance, with full session resilience.

With the Indonesian market clamoring for mobile broadband data traffic growth and performance demand — and in keeping with Ericsson’s tradition of delivering continuous scale and performance advances — we are now delivering the results of supercharging the packet throughput performance of the Evolved Packet Gateway (EPG).

Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Gateway (vEPG) is a main node in the Ericsson Evolved Packet Core solution — the heart of mobile broadband. We tested our cloud-optimized vEPG on the recently launched Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor and the result is impressive: a throughput of 40Gbps per processor.

We simulated a large-scale radio network with 2.6 million mobile broadband subscribers, 15kbps average speed per user and, consistent with the mobile broadband traffic model, an average packet size of 650 bytes. We used 100 percent deep packet and header inspection, so in other words, this was not a setup "tweaked" to provide unrealistically exceptional results, rather, these were very demanding conditions that gauged realistic network stresses.

We believe the Ericsson Evolved Packet Gateway offers the best performance available on the market today, both as physical and virtual network function. Network operator value is realized by enabling node count reductions, lowering the costs to provision mass-market virtualized services, and preparing the Indonesian market in particular for the migration to 5G with split control and user plane operation.

Read about the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor, and be sure to watch the video above to find out more about our rigorous testing of the offering. As always, should your have further questions, you dedicated Ericsson representative is standing by to assist.