With the launch of its Mobile Internet Gateway, Radware on Feb. 11 did its part to help mobile network operators open up their networks and encourage more choices for enterprises looking to outsource voice services.
Radware officials said the new Mobile Internet Gateway can help mobile network operators transform their closed networks into open mobile broadband networks capable of recognizing traffic specific to services and subscriber types.
The Mobile Internet Gateway is a policy switch that can redirect traffic based on high-performance, deep-packet inspection. It was designed to give mobile network operators a platform for creating new Internet-based service models through improved visibility into traffic flows and policy-based control over mobile Internet traffic.
"We started with a Layer 4 to 7 [load balancing] switch and developed a device that could do very smart redirection. [When used at the] border of the service provider's network, it allows the mobile operator to introduce new services and tune them," said David Aviv, vice president of Advanced Services for Radware.
As mobile network operators move to adopt WiMax mobile broadband technology, their service models are moving toward adding premium content. The MIG allows them to create a range of different premium services and route traffic in the network based on those services, Aviv said.
"We can take any third-party service and with our content inspection director, we can make decisions and direct a service flow to the appropriate server, which performs its function and the flow goes to the customer. The service provider can launch many services and we can route flows to the correct server for higher scale and performance, and we can accelerate the performance to the customer and service provider," Aviv said.
The MIG, which at its core includes an SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) proxy, can also allow broadband mobile operators to more easily add new content-based services such as OTT (Over-the-Top) video, UGC (User-Generated Content) and P2P (Peer to Peer) services.
The gateway is available now.