Benu Networks’ Virtual Broadband Network Gateway (vBNG) brings new Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and 5G Wireless Wireline Convergence (WWC) capabilities to operator and carrier networks. With this release, carriers will be able to optimize network performance and scale, rapidly deploy SASE services to subscribers, and deliver a unified experience across fixed and mobile networks.
At present, most SASE offerings would take an ‘outside-in’ approach, where the traffic travels out of the carrier network, through the Internet, to the SASE solution in a data center in order to be secured.
Benu Networks’ software-defined SASE services run inside the carrier network, providing a carrier-first SASE approach. It would provide carriers with a high level of control. It would give them the opportunity to run “enterprise-grade” security for both remote workers and business sites/branch offices, providing more efficient, streamlined security that does not open the network to the risks associated with Internet-based approaches.
“Carriers need to be able to secure their networks and deploy solutions across converged networks as remote learning, work-from-home, and the rapid growth of 5G continue to expand network demands and introduce new security challenges,” said Ron Westfall, Senior Analyst and Research Director at Futurum Research. “Benu Network’s approach allows the BNG to become the SD-edge, integrating SASE security and 5G capabilities as championed by the topmost influential industry standard forums. By architecting its products in adherence to the standards set by BBF, 3GPP, MEF, and others, it ensures the solutions are engineered to optimize wireless and wireline convergence in simplifying disaggregated, software-defined edge environments.”
Additionally, with a cloud-based infrastructure, operators can deliver higher bandwidth to more devices quickly and effectively. Cloud-native BNGs would offer lower operational expenditures, ease of management and elastic scaling, providing operators with flexibility and agility. The cloud-native vBNG is built on Benu Networks’ SD-Edge Platform, a networking software solution that disaggregates hardware from software and control plane from user plane, enabling operators to optimize their networks for the best user experience and scale efficiently.
With Benu’s support for 5G Access Gateway Function (AGF), service providers can now embrace WWC to bring the benefits of 5G-like network slicing and low-latency services to fixed networks and WiFi. According to Benu Networks, the Benu 5G AGF is a “natural” evolution of the BNG, where 5G service providers can manage their fixed line subscribers with their 5G core. Not only does this enable consolidated fixed and mobile billing. More importantly, it would offer the full promise of fixed mobile convergence so that the subscriber experience is consistent and seamless across home, business and 5G networks.
“Our customers are thrilled we are bringing a cloud-native solution that is not only disruptive in performance and economics, but also enables high-value security services and the option to manage their fixed network using their 5G core,” said Mads Lillelund, CEO of Benu Networks. “With our solution, operators will have the flexibility and agility to protect customers from within their broadband networks and deliver a unified experience across fixed and mobile networks. This delivers on our commitment to help operators delight customers, drive new revenue and reduce costs.”
The SD-Edge Platform is trusted by industry leaders all over the world to connect over 25 Million WLAN access points and CPE gateways and to handle over 7 Petabytes of data daily. In its new release, Benu Networks’ vBNG can offer a “seamless” subscriber experience across fixed and mobile, packed with cloud-native SASE services like IoT management, firewall zero-trust security services, bandwidth allocation and more. By integrating the vBNG with the 5G Core and enabling native SASE services, operators may gain flexibility from a cloud-based architecture, reduce costs, simplify IT infrastructure, increase performance and protect their customers’ network from the inside out.