Vodafone, Ericsson Deploy First Cloud-based VoLTE & Wi-Fi Calling Solution in the Netherlands

Vodafone, Ericsson Deploy First Cloud-based VoLTE & Wi-Fi Calling Solution in the Netherlands Image Credit: Vodafone

Vodafone Netherlands has upgraded its core network leveraging Ericsson's Network Function Virtualization(NFV)-based IMS and EPC components to enable VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling to provide superior voice and video communication services to its customers. Ericsson claims that the deployment marks the first cloud-based and fully virtualized network in the country to support these services. 

The complete cloud-based solution also includes Virtual Network Functions (VNF) for policy control and application server domain.

The end-to-end VoLTE and Wi-fi Calling overlay network includes VNFs for the Ericsson IP Multimedia Subsystem with Ericsson Multimedia Telephony Application Server, Ericsson Call Session Control Function, Ericsson Evolved Packet Core with Ericsson Evolved Packet Gateway, Ericsson Wi-Fi Mobility Gateway and other Ericsson control and authentication functions.

Matthias Sauder, Head of Networks, Vodafone Netherlands
Network virtualization brings huge opportunities for efficiency and agility. It will allow us to introduce new services more rapidly to our subscribers.

Valter D'Avino, Head of Western and Central Europe, Ericsson
Ericsson has deployed a VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling system that can automatically scale within a telecom cloud and fulfill telecom-grade service availability. It provides Vodafone with a complete solution to evolve their voice and SMS business toward an all-IP communications network based in the cloud.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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