Croatian carrier Vipnet has partnered with startup Connectem to demonstrate the virtual EPC deployment in live network. Connectem showcased live transmission of high resolution (HD) video directly from Medulin, Croatia using LTE technology with data transfer speed of about 100 Mb/s through Connectem's virtual Evolved Packet Core (VCM). Key executives from Vipnet, Telekom Austria Group and Connectem witnessed the event in the capital city of Croatia, Zagreb.
Connectem, creator of the cloud-based Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) solution said that the live demo marks world's first virtual EPC in live network. They have worked with the Vipnet team over the past few months to implement, test and deploy their vEPC solution into the working LTE network.
"Vipnet has been working on Project SPHERE which amongst others refers to the successful testing and introduction of NFV technology. The Connectem vEPC running in our live network is one of the first such deployments in the world. In the years to come network functions virtualization technology will greatly change the Vipnet network architecture and provide a faster and more efficient implementation of new functionality for users."
- Mladen Pejković, CEO, Vipnet
"We are absolutely confident that the NFV technology is a defining trend in the mobile industry. We are therefore very pleased with Vipnet's initiative to explore and implement NFV. The success and efficiency goes along with the 15th anniversary of innovation strategy at Vipnet. For Telekom Austria Group, this is just the beginning of a journey to explore the latest technologies and further improve services for our customers, performance, experience or availability"
- Günther Ottendorfer, CTO, Telekom Austria Group
"The user generated/consumed content from mobile devices has been accelerating over the past few years. This trend is only going to grow. NFV transforms the network in a way that content cloud and mobile network functions can run from a sustainable infrastructure. This live network virtual EPC is a demonstration of readiness of NFV technology and a proof of the maturity of the technology along the dimensions of functionality, performance and resilience. With forward thinking carriers like Vipnet, we applaud their initiative and those of Telekom Austria Group and we are grateful for the opportunity to be in the live network."
- Nishi Kant, CEO, Connectem