NTT DOCOMO and NEC have successfully conducted joint verification tests on virtualized Evolved Packet Core, demonstrating functions required for Network Functions Virtualization in a LTE enviroment. The testing is intended to ease network connectivity and enable fast delivery of new telecom services.
These tests verified basic Evolved Packet Core (EPC) performance and confirmed EPC's ability to adaptively boost processing capabilities through controls from the system that manages EPC in response to how much data customers use. The testing includes the virtualization platform's performance during a breakdown in hardware functions, when a backup structure was quickly and automatically constructed using different hardware in order to sustain stable data communications.
NEC's Software-Defined Network (SDN) initiatives are a core aspect of its Social Solutions business, where the company offers NFV through its NEC SDN Solutions and its Network Functions Virtualization Solutions menu for the telecom carrier market.