BroadForward provides 5G network functions as well as interworking with legacy 3G, 4G, Fixed/Wi-Fi functions. Our products enable 5G services while optimally leveraging investments of existing networks and systems. Our 5G signaling solutions include the Service Framework Support Function (SFSF) with HTTP Proxy and Binding Support Function (BSF), Security Edge Protection Proxy (SEPP) and 4G-5G interworking.
Enabling the transition from 3G and 4G to the 5G NG core
According to the NGMN, service providers want to achieve network convergence – and prevent duplication of network functions. Many operators have invested heavily in their 4G EPC, going through great lengths to incorporate Diameter based products next to their SS7 assets. 5G will not only introduce new core network elements, it will also introduce a new signaling protocol: HTTP/2. With 5G standardization making progress, the time has come to consider the available options for the road ahead to 5G.
5G network functions
The BroadForward product portfolio includes fully converged 5G software based network functions that support service providers with their network transition from legacy to the 5G Next Generation Core.
BroadForward’s 5G signaling solutions include:
- Service Framework Support Function (SFSF TR 23.742) with HTTP/2 Proxy (RFC 7540) and Binding Support Function (BSF TS 29.521)
- Security Edge Protection Proxy (SEPP TS 33.501)
- Interworking function between 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, IMS, Fixed/Wi-Fi and IT
- 5G Gateway Mobile Location Center (GMLC TS 29.518)
- 5G Equipment Identity Register (EIR TS 29.511)
- 5G Number Portability (ENUM)
- 5G Security (e.g. Firewall)
BroadForward products are software based, access network independent, and multi-protocol by design. Most vendors provide loosely coupled signaling point solutions, consisting of multiple legacy products integrated as an afterthought or patchwork solution. BroadForward products are based on a single engine design, optimized for converging networks. They enable uniform operations, central IT integration and real-time subscriber management across access networks. Furthermore all BroadForward products are GUI powered and using a single capacity license with a free traffic mix across supported protocols (SS7, Diameter, RADIUS, SIP, HTTP etc.).
Preparing for convergence
Convergence requires products that work across different domains, networks, technologies, vendors and services. These products should support interworking and gradual migration/transition to 5G. This applies to investments in new 5G network functions as well as legacy product replacements (e.g. STP, DRA).
BroadForward is the vendor of choice for next generation signaling products and network applications, designed to support service providers targeting convergence across legacy and next generation networks. This creates the landscape by which the new 5G network will thrive without becoming another technology silo.