Fortress LTE Virtual Core Network (VCN)

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Whether you are building a network from the ground up, upgrading an existing network, or need the flexibility of a deployable network, size, weight, and power are important considerations. The Fortress® LTE Virtual Core Network (vCN) is a virtual core network that delivers all of the functionality you require from a single commercial off the shelf (COTS) server. The Fortress vCN is available on the Dell Latitude Extreme 14 rugged laptop, Dell 430 server or the Dell XR2 server platforms.

 

  • All the functionality of a COTs server in a complete, highly scalable Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution
  • Deployable on a variety of COTs computing platforms
  • Low SWaP reduces total cost of ownership
  • Customizable for private, public safety and tactical LTE deployable networks
  • Security zone and firewall protects against external attacks

About General Dynamics Fortress LTE

Ideal for small to large specialized private wireless deployments, Fortress LTE delivers an end-to-end solution providing ‘always on’ high speed network access to vital information including voice, video, data, text and chat using any 3GPP compliant LTE enabled device. Fortress LTE solutions are frequency agile, customizable for specific applications and designed for harsh, permanent or temporary deployments where network access may not be available. Fortress LTE is a cost-effective, single vendor end-to-end solution consisting of:

  • 4G Core Network
  • Radio Access Network (Base Station)
  • User Equipment (UE)

What Sets Us Apart

  • Virtualization – Facilitates deployment on a wide range of COTs or application specific platforms, optimizing Space, Weight and Power (SWaP) and reducing total cost of ownership
  • 3GPP Compliant – Fully interoperable with the Fortress LTE portfolio, enabling end-to-end integration into state-of-the-art public safety and tactical communication networks
  • High Performance – The flexibility of up to 8,000 UEs and 1Gbits/s user plane, full duplex delivers a customizable solution for private, public safety and tactical deployable systems
  • Scalability – Facilitates the creation of distributed core network architectures incorporating multiple VCNs to support multiple deployables or highly resilient fixed networks
  • Secure – Security zone and firewall protects against sophisticated external attacks

vCN Enhanced Functionality Features

  • 3GPP Evolved Packet Core (EPC) –  Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving GateWay (SGW), Packet data network GateWay (PGW), Home Subscriber Server (HSS) and Policy Charging Rules Function (PCRF) logical nodes
  • Management System – Contains an Element Management Server (EMS) that facilitates configuration, performance monitoring, accounting, fault and security management capabilities for the RAN and EPC. This enables the EPC software to be updated by the system manager without the need of support from General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Equipment Identity Register (EIR) – Allows device access control
  • Virtual Switch Fabric – A high performance switch fabric, firewall and gateway enables secure external network connectivity
  • Domain Controller – Contains LDAP, DNS, NTP and licensing servers

Optional Features

  • Diameter Routing Agent (DRA) - Enables a distributed Home Subscriber Server (HSS) architecture and facilitates inter-PLMN roaming     
  • Security Gateway - Enables IPsec protection of the link between the vCN and the eNodeB, as well as other inter-vCN links
  • Application Servers - Enables the vCN to operate independently as a self-contained network
  • HSS database replication (laptop)

vCN Specifications

  Dell R430 Server   Dell EMC PowerEdge XR2 Server   Dell Extreme 14 Laptop
 Processor  Dual Intel Xeon Processors  Dual Intel Xeon Processors  Intel i7 Quad Core
 RAM  64 GB  64 GB  16 GB
 HDD  2 x 512 GB SSD (raid 1)  2 x 960 GB SSD (raid 1)  Single 512 GB SSD
 Ethernet  2 x 10 GBE, 8 x GBE  10 x 1 GBE  2 x GBE
 Weight  19.9 kg (43.87 lbs)  13 kg (28 lbs)  3.54 kg (7.79 lbs)
 Maximum EPC User Plane Traffic  600 Mbps full duplex  600 Mbps full duplex  100 Mbps DL / 50 Mbps UL
 Maximum Number of Simultaneously Connected UE  4,000  4,000  768
 Maximum Number of HSS Subscriptions  8,000 with on-board HSS  8,000 with on-board HSS  1,000 with on-board HSS

Carroll Communications

Carroll Communications is an official Value Added Reseller of Fortress Wireless products and is headquartered in Columbus County, NC. As a Value Added Reseller, Carroll Communications supports sales and provides technical customer service and installation services for the Fortress Wireless product portfolio, including the Fortress LTE (consisting of Fixed LTE Solutions, and Deployable LTE Solutions) and Fortress secure Wi-Fi Mesh product lines in the U.S.

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NEWPORT, R.I. – As part of the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2019, a General Dynamics Mission Systems-led team demonstrated cross-domain, multi-level command, control and communication (C3) capabilities using manned and unmanned assets.

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At the AUSA 2018 Annual Meeting & Exposition, General Dynamics is demonstrating innovation that ensures readiness for U.S. Army and U.S. ally requirements across all domains to move the mission forward.

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At the 2018 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition, General Dynamics will showcase its investments in law enforcement and public safety communications, both in fixed and deployable form factors.

General Dynamics at AFCEA West 2018: Innovating to Increase Capability and Sustain Readiness

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At the 2018 AFCEA West Conference and Exposition, General Dynamics is showcasing its portfolio of innovative technologies, capabilities and platforms designed to strengthen the combined capabilities of the U.S. Navy and the Marines Corp today and tomorrow.

Radio & Broadband News - November 2017

November 14, 2017
General Dynamics Mission Systems’ URC-200 Line-of-Sight radios were recently deployed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to aid in relief efforts in St. Thomas following hurricane Irma. The radios were part of the FAA’s mobile Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers and provided critical ground-t…

General Dynamics' Fortress eNodeB Now FCC Certified and Ready to Deploy

October 30, 2017
The eNodeB (RN2404-2), recently certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is the latest addition to General Dynamics' Fortress LTE product family, which provides “always on” high speed network access to vital information, including voice, video, data, text and chat.
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  • About Fortress LTE

    About General Dynamics Fortress LTE

    Ideal for small to large specialized private wireless deployments, Fortress LTE delivers an end-to-end solution providing ‘always on’ high speed network access to vital information including voice, video, data, text and chat using any 3GPP compliant LTE enabled device. Fortress LTE solutions are frequency agile, customizable for specific applications and designed for harsh, permanent or temporary deployments where network access may not be available. Fortress LTE is a cost-effective, single vendor end-to-end solution consisting of:

    • 4G Core Network
    • Radio Access Network (Base Station)
    • User Equipment (UE)
  • Features

    What Sets Us Apart

    • Virtualization – Facilitates deployment on a wide range of COTs or application specific platforms, optimizing Space, Weight and Power (SWaP) and reducing total cost of ownership
    • 3GPP Compliant – Fully interoperable with the Fortress LTE portfolio, enabling end-to-end integration into state-of-the-art public safety and tactical communication networks
    • High Performance – The flexibility of up to 8,000 UEs and 1Gbits/s user plane, full duplex delivers a customizable solution for private, public safety and tactical deployable systems
    • Scalability – Facilitates the creation of distributed core network architectures incorporating multiple VCNs to support multiple deployables or highly resilient fixed networks
    • Secure – Security zone and firewall protects against sophisticated external attacks
  • VCN Enhanced Functionality Features

    vCN Enhanced Functionality Features

    • 3GPP Evolved Packet Core (EPC) –  Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving GateWay (SGW), Packet data network GateWay (PGW), Home Subscriber Server (HSS) and Policy Charging Rules Function (PCRF) logical nodes
    • Management System – Contains an Element Management Server (EMS) that facilitates configuration, performance monitoring, accounting, fault and security management capabilities for the RAN and EPC. This enables the EPC software to be updated by the system manager without the need of support from General Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Equipment Identity Register (EIR) – Allows device access control
    • Virtual Switch Fabric – A high performance switch fabric, firewall and gateway enables secure external network connectivity
    • Domain Controller – Contains LDAP, DNS, NTP and licensing servers

    Optional Features

    • Diameter Routing Agent (DRA) - Enables a distributed Home Subscriber Server (HSS) architecture and facilitates inter-PLMN roaming     
    • Security Gateway - Enables IPsec protection of the link between the vCN and the eNodeB, as well as other inter-vCN links
    • Application Servers - Enables the vCN to operate independently as a self-contained network
    • HSS database replication (laptop)
  • Specifications

    vCN Specifications

      Dell R430 Server   Dell EMC PowerEdge XR2 Server   Dell Extreme 14 Laptop
     Processor  Dual Intel Xeon Processors  Dual Intel Xeon Processors  Intel i7 Quad Core
     RAM  64 GB  64 GB  16 GB
     HDD  2 x 512 GB SSD (raid 1)  2 x 960 GB SSD (raid 1)  Single 512 GB SSD
     Ethernet  2 x 10 GBE, 8 x GBE  10 x 1 GBE  2 x GBE
     Weight  19.9 kg (43.87 lbs)  13 kg (28 lbs)  3.54 kg (7.79 lbs)
     Maximum EPC User Plane Traffic  600 Mbps full duplex  600 Mbps full duplex  100 Mbps DL / 50 Mbps UL
     Maximum Number of Simultaneously Connected UE  4,000  4,000  768
     Maximum Number of HSS Subscriptions  8,000 with on-board HSS  8,000 with on-board HSS  1,000 with on-board HSS
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  • Reseller

    Carroll Communications

    Carroll Communications is an official Value Added Reseller of Fortress Wireless products and is headquartered in Columbus County, NC. As a Value Added Reseller, Carroll Communications supports sales and provides technical customer service and installation services for the Fortress Wireless product portfolio, including the Fortress LTE (consisting of Fixed LTE Solutions, and Deployable LTE Solutions) and Fortress secure Wi-Fi Mesh product lines in the U.S.

    Learn More

  • News

    General Dynamics Demonstrates Cross-Domain, Multi-Level Command, Control and Communication Capabilities at ANTX 2019

    September 05, 2019
    NEWPORT, R.I. – As part of the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2019, a General Dynamics Mission Systems-led team demonstrated cross-domain, multi-level command, control and communication (C3) capabilities using manned and unmanned assets.

    General Dynamics at AUSA 2018: Accelerating Innovation to Advance the U.S. Army’s Mission

    October 04, 2018
    At the AUSA 2018 Annual Meeting & Exposition, General Dynamics is demonstrating innovation that ensures readiness for U.S. Army and U.S. ally requirements across all domains to move the mission forward.

    General Dynamics to Showcase FirstRunner Compact Rapid Deployable and SHIELD Sensor Backhaul Solutions at IACP 2018

    October 04, 2018
    At the 2018 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition, General Dynamics will showcase its investments in law enforcement and public safety communications, both in fixed and deployable form factors.

    General Dynamics at AFCEA West 2018: Innovating to Increase Capability and Sustain Readiness

    February 05, 2018
    At the 2018 AFCEA West Conference and Exposition, General Dynamics is showcasing its portfolio of innovative technologies, capabilities and platforms designed to strengthen the combined capabilities of the U.S. Navy and the Marines Corp today and tomorrow.

    Radio & Broadband News - November 2017

    November 14, 2017
    General Dynamics Mission Systems’ URC-200 Line-of-Sight radios were recently deployed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to aid in relief efforts in St. Thomas following hurricane Irma. The radios were part of the FAA’s mobile Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers and provided critical ground-t…

    General Dynamics' Fortress eNodeB Now FCC Certified and Ready to Deploy

    October 30, 2017
    The eNodeB (RN2404-2), recently certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is the latest addition to General Dynamics' Fortress LTE product family, which provides “always on” high speed network access to vital information, including voice, video, data, text and chat.
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