SD-WAN is well understood by most service providers to be delivering real benefit to enterprise customers looking for a solution to replace MPLS based networks with multiple low cost connections to connect to a head office. Traditionally with sophisticated management tools and traffic prioritisation rules, SD-WAN provides that compelling solution.
For smaller businesses and enterprises with branch offices or retail facilities that need faster internet connectivity, but not necessarily site-to-site connectivity, many existing SD-WAN products don’t deliver what’s required. Our low-cost solution aggregates multiple broadband connections, so a single session can utilise the capacity of all connections. Many solutions claim to do bonding or link aggregation but, in reality, they are ultimately load balancers, which decide which single connection they send a session across.
Our lightweight SD-WAN software performs true link aggregation and can be back-ported to most low-cost Linux-based CPE. This unique approach enables service providers to bring SD-WAN to existing small business customers with virtually no cost. Our virtual CPE technology allows, for example, 4 customer xDSL modems to be interconnected via ethernet to form a super fast, reliable virtual router. Adding another connection and Hybrid SD-WAN enabled CPE allows customers to grow their connectivity incrementally without replacing existing equipment.
With increasing pressure from governments, regulators, the media and customers for solutions that fill the gap between xDSL, leased lines and EFM, our SD-WAN provides an immediate, simple to deploy and cost-effective solution.
Small businesses depend upon broadband just as much as large businesses, but few have a back-up connection. Due to the cost and issues of typical 4G failover solutions, many businesses prefer not to implement sufficient reliability measures, ultimately putting their business at risk. Our solution allows service providers to improve business broadband reliability but without the cost and complexity.
The software stack is ported to existing Linux-based CPE and utilises one or more smartphones located within the premises to provide a fall-back connection in event of the main broadband failing. All traffic, whether travelling across the main broadband connection (xDSL, cable, leased line, satellite, wireless), or via one of the smartphones located on the premises, flows through a Hybrid aggregation server and ensures the customer’s IP address remains consistent, resulting in a seamless failover.
This feature can be offered to customers as a premium option or, because of its low cost-base, provided free of charge as a key service differentiator. Where it’s difficult to port to existing CPE, an additional, low-cost plug and play router can retro-fit this feature.
Fast, reliable home broadband access is important and governments and service providers around the world are keen to deliver it. Because of low customer density areas, shrinking margins, long pay-back periods and the physical time and effort to upgrade the infrastructure, many countries have a sizeable portion of their population (typically 20% – 30%) where it’s difficult to commercially justify the necessary investment. The key question for service providers is how to address this imbalance whilst doing what’s commercially economical.
Our solution allows a customer’s home broadband connection to be augmented with 3G/4G. A small app leverages the customer’s existing iOS and Android smartphone 3G/4G connection and data plan to provide the mobile element, but can alternatively work with USB 3G/4G dongles, Mi-Fi units or CPE that contains embedded cellular modems.
The efficient software stack can be ported to most consumer Linux-based CPE, meaning that when used in conjunction with the app, no additional hardware is required to bring Hybrid Access to customers. Where existing CPE cannot be firmware upgraded, a low-cost plug & play router can retro-fit this functionality; typically with no re-configuration of customer devices or home gateways being required.
The Top Up function’s value proposition is to better use what the customer already has; this then enables Hybrid Access to be available to any customer with minimal cost.
Service providers can adopt various go to market strategies, including providing this service free of charge for customers signing up for or renewing both fixed and mobile services, creating a competitive, bundled solution.
The Hybrid back-end server software is licensed to service providers who run instances on their own infrastructure. Software images can be deployed within hours or days and due to the Over-The-Top (OTT) design, it doesn’t require changes to back-end infrastructure.
All software is licensed on a per customer, per month basis with volume breaks. Most existing CPE can be upgraded with our low-footprint software stack. Alternatively, branded CPE can be provided, which can also be white-labelled with sufficient order volume.
Pricing is available under NDA.