Year of Establishment: 2004
Business Segment: IT Product % Software Services
Türk Telekom Share: 100%
Web Site: www.argela.com
Argela and its US-based subsidiary Netsia conduct research, development and innovation activities for next-generation telecommunication technologies, while developing technology, products and intellectual property for 5G.
Argela was established in 2004 and joined Türk Telekom in 2007. The company is headquartered in Istanbul, and has an office in Ankara. Argela also has a subsidiary which was established in Sunnyvale in the USA in 2008 and which operates in Silicon Valley. Argela, together with Netsia, conducts R&D and innovation activities for next-generation telecommunications technologies and develops technology, products and intellectual property for 5G.
Argela provides the solutions and products it has developed to telecom operators in the global market and to telecom companies, along with public and defense industry organizations in Turkey.
Argela creates value added both in Turkey and in the world, with patent applications and intellectual property it has developed in the USA regarding next generation telecommunications technologies and 5G technologies in particular.
In 2019, Argela also developed business partnerships in a number of countries such as Japan, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Algeria and Azerbaijan in order to increase its awareness abroad and to expand its customer portfolio.
A wide range of solutions for the high-tech needs in the telecommunications sector for today and tomorrow
Argela develops strategic projects in cooperation with defense industry organizations in Turkey. The first phase of the Fourth Generation Communication System Development (ULAK) Project, which was signed between the company and the Presidency of Defence Industries in 2013, was successfully completed. In addition, the company successfully delivered the software defined networks project for public safety networks in December 2017 within the scope of the MİLAT Project, signed in 2015.
The company also carries out various projects for the defense industry together with other public institutions and defense industry organizations.
Argela’s solution portfolio includes programmable base station solutions (ProgRAN, vRAN), software defined networks, network performance monitoring, subscriber analytics, customer satisfaction management, LTE base station solutions and software-defined fixed network access solutions and applications such as SEBA (Software Enabled Broadband Access).
Argela and its subsidiary Netsia take an active role in the ONF (Open Networking Foundation) in Silicon Valley, as well as 3GPP, GSMA and Small Cell Forum, which include the world’s leading companies operating worldwide, and plays a leadership role in directing technology and open-source development. In addition to this work, the Company carries out joint projects with many universities and companies within the scope of European Union Horizon 2020 and Celtic projects. Argela, which has contributed to the technological development of Turkey through these efforts, also receives funding for R&D studies with EU support.
Argela’s collaboration with a number of universities in Turkey includes next-generation technology projects such as 5G, software-defined networks, virtualization of network functions, cyber security, self-organizing mobile networks and big data processing.
vRAN - Leading solution in next generation RAN technologies
Argela’s is expanding its patented technology, ProgRAN, which has made a worldwide impression, to transform it to vRAN (Virtualization of Radio Access Network for 5G).
Argela’s ProgRAN solution, implemented in the 5G area, enables the next generation of mobile networks to be divided into virtual segments, effectively and dynamically structuring network capacity according to requirements and ensuring maximum flexibility, efficiency, performance and secure management. Argela, with the contribution of its subsidiary, Netsia, has implemented vRAN, including the features of ProgRAN, which was successfully tested by many leading telecom operators in the international arena.
vRAN stands for Software Defined and Slicable Virtualized Radio Access Network. The vRAN technology targets the creation of a Radio Access Network where some main or all baseband functions are separated from the remote radio unit and run as VNFs (virtualized network function) on ready-made hardware.
With this approach, vRAN provides a wide array of operational benefits, including reductions in the total cost of ownership, increased performance and scalability. One common feature of the software-defined systems is the logical centralization of the network intelligence. By targeting this critical area, Argela and Netsia are developing O-RAN compliant RIC (Radio Intelligent Controller) and RAN Network Slice Subsystem Management Functions (RAN NSSMF). Argela and Netsia are taking on an active role in the technology groups formed within the O-RAN consortium and working intensively to ensure the slicing features they specialize in are used by stakeholders. To date, the vRAN testing platform has been installed abroad in the laboratories of Telefonica in Spain, Verizon in the United States, Orange in France and KDDI in Japan.
SEBA - Future broadband access technology for fixed networks
In addition to solutions for mobile operators, Argela and its subsidiary Netsia develop solutions for fixed internet providers. On behalf of Türk Telekom (a member of the Board of Directors of ONF – The Open Networking Foundation) , Argela and Netsia support the Open Source SEBA (Software Enabled Broadband Access) project, in which companies such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and NTT are contributors. Argela and Netsia play an active role within the technology groups established within ONF, and contribute to SEBA’s productivity and feature set enrichment.
Argela and Netsia aim to achieve a world-leading commercial product by carrying out their own work on this joint project. The solution, which will carry the name Netsia SEBA, aims to achieve the software-defined management of today’s passive optical network (PON), a fixed broadband access technology. The developed management system is based on the frontier cloud data center. This will allow cloud computing, which has been used in information technologies for years, to be used in the central offices of telecom operators.
The main objective of SEBA technology is to enable the management of different vendor infrastructure devices called OLT (Optical Line Terminal) and ONT (Optical Network Unit) with joint software units, eliminating the requirement of operators to procure OLT and ONU devices from the same companies when planning fixed access systems; and thus to reduce the operational costs and investment costs of the operators. This product, which is under development, is aimed at adapting rapidly to new PON network technologies that will support the required capacities.
While many leading operators in their 5G road map and architectural plans believe that the capacity and speed requirements needed for mobile access will be achieved through the fixed access infrastructure on the frontier cloud, Argela and Netsia plan to play a leading role among operators in the first field installations of SEBA in this context and achieve acclaim around the world.
Argela gains a new customer - another international operator with its 100% domestic NPM/CEM solutions
Continuing its efforts to sell NPM (Network Performance Monitoring) and CEM (Customer Experience Management) products abroad, Argela held many discussions and developed partnerships in 2019. Argela, which won the NPM/CEM tender opened last year by Ethio Telecom (Ethiopia), one of Africa’s largest mobile operators, has started work on the project. In 2019, the company achieved tremendous success by winning the tender opened by Azercell, Azerbaijan’s leading operator, continuing to work at full steam in the installation of products in both countries.
Argela’s NPM solution enables wired and wireless service providers to monitor the end-to-end network performance, detailed customer behaviour and service quality and to maintain it at a certain performance level.
For this purpose, signal and data probes have been developed for a number of protocols in the mobile, fixed and IP networks.
The NPM solution enables efficient use of network resources through end-to-end and real-time monitoring of the network through its real-time running probes. The solution has a broad set of performance metrics and reporting that are easily accessible, while its distributed architecture allows for quick and effective query times. The data generated by the NPM system can be transmitted to CRM systems and regulatory agencies in real time.
The CEM solution provides meaningful analysis and behavioral information regarding customer experience in networks such as voice, data access, data usage, and messaging. This solution, which allows operators to observe their customer activity at an individual level in real time, is used for advanced analysis and to accelerate and improve customer service.
Argela’s contributions to the fourth generation of mobile communication technologies continue.
ULAK - Fourth Generation Communication System Development project
For the first time in 2013, Argela moved to a sector outside of telecommunication, and was selected to conduct the Fourth Generation (4G / LTE) Communication Systems Development (ULAK) Project, the project idea of which it had developed, of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB). Within the scope of the project, Argela locally developed and successfully delivered all hardware and software components of fourth generation mobile communication technology base stations together with its business partners, Netaş and Aselsan. The first series of the LTE technology base stations developed within the scope of the project were commissioned in Kars in May 2018. A total of 834 ULAK base stations have been installed within the scope of Phase 1 and Phase 2, 665 of which are active and serve as part of the Universal project. The number of stations is increasing day by day. Following the successful operation of the ULAK project in the field, Argela is continuing to work towards the development of additional features required by the operators within the scope of Phase 2.
Next generation projects
Argela is developing technologies that will play a key role in the world of the future through its work with a number of universities in Turkey as well as the world’s leading institutions. These include next-generation technology projects such as 5G, software defined networks, virtualization of network functions, cybersecurity, selforganizing mobile networks and big data processing.
Argela continuing its investments to expand domestic and national solutions
Argela continues to contribute to the localization of technologies used in Turkey. At the beginning of 2019, Argela became a shareholder of Otak A.Ş., established by Turkish companies, with a 20% stake, and aims to take an active role in the company’s technologies and global sales activities. Otak, established with the aim of carrying out research, development and innovation activities for the next generation of cyber security and telecommunications technologies, as well as creating added value with the next generation of cyber security technologies with the intellectual property developed, has started its activities.