NEC and NetCracker Technology have announced that Telekom Austria Group, the largest telecommunications group in Austria with 23 million customers across eight different operating countries, has successfully completed its in-depth trial of the NEC/NetCracker end-to-end virtual customer-premises equipment (vCPE) solution. The solution included vCPE, SDN controller, service and network orchestration as well as virtual network functions (VNFs) from multiple vendors. By implementing the NEC/NetCracker vCPE solution, Telekom Austria Group can provide its customers with a wide range of new services and capabilities, including account management, parental control enforcement, as well as network configuration and usage control management through a self-care portal, said NEC and NetCracker.
According to NEC and NetCracker, Telekom Austria Group validated the NEC/NetCracker vCPE solution’s ability to migrate complex IP functionality from residential gateways to the operator cloud, enabling faster time-to-market for new services and minimizing capital and operating costs. The uniqueness of this solution is its ability to instantiate, orchestrate and control third-party VNFs for on-demand applications, including parental control, firewall and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), which enables in-home video, music and photo media streaming to compatible devices in the home. By leveraging SDN controller and orchestration, this solution enables real-time, on-demand instantiation and route modification for a range of applications.