Berlin, Oct 15, 2010. MERA, an Eastern Europe's leader in value-added software R&D services, and Fraunhofer FOKUS, a Berlin based research and development facility specialized in developing multi-domain networks and interoperable, user-centered solutions for open communication systems, successfully demonstrated new features of the next release of the OpenEPC product during FUSECO forum 14-15 Sept 2010.
The OpenEPC Rel. 2 brings a set of new components and features, especially in the LTE area. As a part of joint project between Fraunhofer FOKUS and MERA, OpenEPC has been extended by MERA to contain prototypes for the MME and eNodeB nodes, extensions at the SGw and support for GTP and S1AP protocols and NAS procedures. Additionally, the team of Fraunhofer FOKUS introduced new improvements to the established OpenEPC components, like for example 0-packet-loss truly seamless handovers between Access Networks and significant reduction of delays in attachment procedures.
The demonstration exposed the capabilities of the OpenEPC together with the new additions and improvements. Attendees were provided with a look under-the-hood and direct contact with the project participants. Demonstrated scenarios included LTE attachments, Video/Voice call via EPC and eNodeB emulator and innovative, truly seamless (0-packet loss) handover between LTE and WLAN access networks.
About Fraunhofer FOKUS
The Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems, Fraunhofer FOKUS for short, is a Berlin-based research facility devoted to studying and developing communication and information technologies. In particular, it specializes in multi-domain networks and interoperable, user-centered solutions. With more than 20 years experience, Fraunhofer FOKUS is an important IT research partner for the telecommunications sector, the automobile industry, media services, and public administrations. It frequently cooperates with governmental agencies and software companies to create need-oriented eGovernment solutions and is a leading collaborator in projects funded by the European Union as well as by national-level sponsors.