vEPC (virtual Evolved Packet Core)

Contributor(s): Alissa Irei

Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) is a framework for virtualizing the functions required to converge voice and data on 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks. vEPC moves the core network's individual components that traditionally run on dedicated hardware to software that operates on low-cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers.

By virtualizing evolved packet core (EPC) functionality, mobile providers can theoretically customize networks to meet the unique requirements of individual customers, mixing and matching individual network components as needed. vEPC can also lower Capex and Opex by reducing reliance on specialized hardware, while speeding service delivery and allowing for on-demand scalability and responding to real-time network conditions and user needs.

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See also: network functions virtualization. software-defined networking

This was last updated in March 2016

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How important do you think vEPC's role will be in the mobile networks of tomorrow?
vEPC is the single component which covers the functionality of all the EPC devices(SGW,PDN GW,MME,HSS)?