Etisalat recently announced its plans of working with a consortium of global technology leaders to introduce a new vendor agnostic platform that will aim to provide cloud telecom infrastructure to host emerging futuristic technologies and services.
The programme is focused on deploying the right mix of hardware-centric telecom services and software-centric cloud services.
The consortium consists of NEC as the prime overall integrator, Netcracker, Redhat, Juniper and Dell who will collaborate with Etisalat to deploy and rollout the second generation of NFV/SDN. These two closely related technologies are commonly associated with the enablement of smart cities, IoT and the upcoming 5G future.
The infrastructure will be built against the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) industry leading architecture.
The latest technologies will be deployed to provide the maximum performance, agility, elasticity, and efficient operations. These technologies include Network Function Virtualization Orchestrator (NFVO) from Netcracker, SDN controller from Juniper-Contrail, Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) from RedHat-Openstack, and a set of automation and operations tools like Ansible, Zappix, git-lab, ELK, and Bacula.