Travelping: A Collaborative Approach to Enabling Networks

Travelping: A Collaborative Approach to Enabling Networks

Holger Winkelmann, Founder and Managing Director, TravelpingHolger Winkelmann, Founder and Managing Director
Back in 2004, when WiFi was still in its infancy, telecom carriers were in a race against time to adopt cutting-edge technologies to meet the ever-growing need for seamless mobile and internet connectivity. Having earned two decades of management experience in the telecom and networking industry, Holger Winkelmann was quick to tap into this ongoing transformation in the industry. In doing so, Winkelmann and his team at Travelping—a privately held German-based software supplier—started developing public WiFi networks and carrier-grade software and architectures to assist telecom carriers to boost production, mitigate risks, and deliver tangible results over their networks. Since then, the company, instead of resting on its laurels, has been pushing the envelope in enabling enterprise networks. Churning out scalable architectural solutions, products, and managed services for deploying and operating networks, the company has witnessed organic growth from virtualization and containerization to finally entering the mobile carrier market.

Travelping closely monitors the latest developments in the telecom space and ensures its clients are primed to embrace and reap the benefits of these technologies. As a response to the long investment cycles and tight time-to-market that hinders rapid implementation of new use cases in 4G/5G networks, Travelping entered the realm of carrier-grade cloud-native network functions. Drawing on its rich expertise in distributed systems, network virtualization, and software-defined networks (SDN), Travelping today develops carrier-grade cloud-native network functions (CNFs) used to build a modern enhanced packet core (EPC) based on open standards and open-source software. These CNFs are virtually deployed around the globe wherever a cloud data center exists, enabled through cloud-native APIs.

Travelping equips telecom carriers with a flexible and scalable cloud-enabled network service operations (ceNNSo) solution, which reduces investment cycles and mitigate risks for long-term market success. Travelping’s software-centric, cloud-native and IaaS-agnostic approach delivers full flexibility to address a spectrum of specialized use cases of 4G/5G local breakout in Tier-1 carrier and enterprise networks to cellular IoT rollouts.

We leverage our deep and open-minded understanding of carrier networks to eliminate preconceptions about silos in architecture, deployment, and operations

“Our software deployment model and cloud-native network services function flawlessly on public and private cloud environments, enabling operators to unlock the full potential of their existing infrastructures with minimal administration effort,” states Winkelmann.

Travelping offers 5G-ready software, with 2G, 3G, and 4G functions implemented in the architecture, delivering full stack mobile network services for specialized use cases. As the number of connected devices and telemetry data continue to grow exponentially, Travelping efficiently addresses the M2M communication requirements such as a combination of software updates, remote diagnostics and maintenance, and local data affinity. Besides, the company also offers managed services for end-to-end white-labeled network solutions.

Travelping’s business model revolves around the term ‘Business to Telecom’ (B2T)—a detailed understanding of telecommunication standards, architectures, protocols, and functional entities. “Our open source support and service model is the central piece of our B2T offering while our business model effectively reduces CAPEX/ OPEX,” explains Winkelmann. Travelping’s uniqueness stems from its collaborative approach, based on technical excellence, to construct coherent, robust standard-based network solutions geared towards specific needs of the clients. The company collaboratively engages with all relevant open source communities to achieve a significant breakthrough in its development and deployment calibers. “With a highly skilled team of network developers and engineers, we leverage our deep and open-minded understanding of carrier networks to eliminate preconceptions about silos in architecture, deployment, and operations,” Winkelmann adds.

Travelping strives to extend its standard-based network services for IoT networks, and embrace financially sustainable models for packet gateways and local breakouts to serve enterprise networks, automotive, and IoT use cases. With a strong foothold in the European telecom market and the recent touchdown in South Korea and Japan, Travelping aims to launch its ceNNSo program across the east and west coasts of the US.