Industry Veteran Carsten Brinkschulte Joins Startup Core Network Dynamics as CEO to Drive Expansion

Mobile core network software startup Core Network Dynamics has appointed mobile tech veteran Carsten Brinkschulte as CEO, effective immediately. Core Network Dynamics (CND), a spinoff from the renowned German research institute Fraunhofer FOKUS, develops and markets OpenEPC, a complete mobile network infrastructure in software that can run on commodity hardware as small as a Raspberry Pi.

Brinkschulte, who last year sold Virtual SIM vendor Movirtu to BlackBerry, and founded mobile messaging pioneer Synchronica in 2004, joins the firm to lead a major expansion drive. The firm is now well positioned to capitalise on the rising demand for NFV/SDN (Network Function Virtualisation/Software Defined Networks), next-generation mobile networks running on commodity hardware.

Other target markets for CND’s OpenEPC software include public safety organisations requiring a secure private LTE network compatible with off-the-shelf smartphones, replacing the clunky TETRA handsets currently used by police and firefighters in Europe; companies operating in remote areas where GSM coverage is patchy or non-existent; and network operators looking at advanced Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), a distributed mobile network infrastructure for future IoT applications.

Dragos Vingarzan, Core Network Dynamics co-Founder and CTO, said: “Carsten’s strong track record speaks for itself and we are thrilled to have him on board. As a proven mobile industry veteran combining deep technical understanding with proven commercial acumen, he is ideal to help us build Core Network Dynamics into a strong player in this fast-growing market.”

Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO at Core Network Dynamics, added: “Core Network Dynamics is a hidden gem with an impressive team. OpenEPC has established itself as the de-facto standard for LTE testbeds in the mobile industry and we are now taking it forward to live installations. It is perfect for a range of emerging use cases as the mobile industry moves away from expensive, dedicated hardware and into a new software-driven, virtualised and distributed network era. We are already working on many new opportunities that will help this company to realise its full potential.”

OpenEPC offers all the functionality of a core mobile network using only software. It can be deployed on standard Linux hardware or in the Cloud and is compatible with standard small cells and base stations. By adopting a distributed core network model with a mesh backhaul, OpenEPC can be used to build resilient mobile networks while at the same time reducing latency and backhaul traffic by 15-50%. OpenEPC currently supports 4G/LTE (3GPP Release 12), 3G, 2G and WiFi, with support for LoRa and SIGFOX on the roadmap.

The company has over 60 testbed customers, including many of the world’s tier-one mobile operators. It is also supplying a contract with a European government department to provide a next-generation private LTE mobile network for public safety using advanced mesh topology.

About Core Network Dynamics
Headquartered in Berlin, Core Network Dynamics develops and markets OpenEPC, a complete mobile network infrastructure in software. Target markets include: mobile operators designing next-generation mobile networks using SDN/NFV; first responder/public safety organisations requiring a secure private LTE network compatible with off-the-shelf Smartphones; companies operating in remote areas where mobile coverage is patchy or non-existent; and operators evaluating advanced Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) concepts to implement distributed mobile networks for IoT applications.

A spinoff from the prestigious German research institute Fraunhofer FOKUS, the firm was established in 2013. It is a private company with 60+ testbed customers, including many tier-one mobile operators worldwide.

For more information: http://www.corenetdynamics.com

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