Radisys® Corporation (NASDAQ: RSYS), the services acceleration company, today launched its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) software as the industry's first open source software under the Apache 2.0 license for ON.Lab's Mobile-CORD (M-CORD) project. M-CORD is built on top of ONOS and the CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) open source project that combines data center economics and the agility of the cloud with the benefits of a virtualized and disaggregated mobile core, as well as access infrastructure and mobile edge computing for innovation and deployment of 5G. The integration of open source mobile core applications like EPC will provide enhanced service flexibility and agility in enabling 5G service delivery on the M-CORD platform. Unlike closed source and proprietary mobile platforms, open source M-CORD architecture and applications will accelerate agile service innovation with improved economics, making mobility more cost-efficient, more software-programmable and more cloud-elastic. "M-CORD is emerging as the platform of choice for enabling 5G as it aligns with communications service providers' migration to next-gen networks built with open source components," said Guru Parulkar, executive director, ON.Lab. "Radisys has been a leading proponent of M-CORD, serving as the project's system integrator. Now, Radisys has taken a bold step in delivering the industry's only open source EPC and we appreciate the company's forward-looking approach to accelerating 5G innovation." The three key components of the M-CORD framework include mobile edge services, a disaggregated/virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN), and a disaggregated/virtualized EPC. Radisys' open source EPC provides disaggregated and virtualized core services of Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) elements. M-CORD will also be the bedrock for 5G innovations which include connectionless mode architecture and mobile network slicing for enhanced scalability. As new types of digital subscribers and mobile applications emerge, the M-CORD framework will be the proving ground for how 5G service innovations are built, enabled and delivered.