Openet Showcases Virtualized Real-time OSS/BSS at MWC2015 in Collaboration with Procera, Amartus, Red Hat and Intel

Openet Showcases Virtualized Real-time OSS/BSS at MWC2015 in Collaboration with Procera, Amartus, Red Hat and Intel

Openet, a leading global provider of real-time BSS (business support systems) will be demonstrating an ETSI NFV proof of concept (POC) demonstration of real-time OSS/BSS as the MWC 2015 kicks off today in Barcelona. Joining hands with Procera, Amartus, Red Hat and Intel, Openet will be showcasing the virtualization of OSS/BSS network components and how the application of NFV will deliver on the business benefits and improved customer experience that it promises, brought by increased system agility, faster time to market, reduced TCO, increased elasticity and greater service availability.

According to Openet, the virtualization of OSS and BSS functions such as DPI, policy, charging and analytics is essential to achieving a dynamic network environment that can keep pace with, and monetize new service innovation. This extends to access control, and broader revenue handling systems. The POC, which is endorsed by Vodafone, the London-headquartered global telecommunications company with presence in 22 countries globally, combines leading technologies brought by the partner companies, who are industry leaders in virtualized OSS/BSS, added Openet.

The demo, said Openet, will showcase how the virtualized Network Functions (PCRF, PCEF) can be combined to provide telco grade performance, scalability and resilience and how virtualized BSS components (OCS) can be included to provide a complete distributed Policy Management and Charging Control system. It will also demonstrate integrated analytics and orchestration for scaling automation and Virtualised Network Function (VNF) resource allocation, utilising real-time monitoring of VNFs and a combination of historical data and machine learning to predict demand and mitigate underutilisation of assigned resources. Apart from this, visitors will also be shown how the OpenStack support for Intel® Architecture-based systems helps enhance performance of the NFV OSS/BSS. 

Openet added that the live demonstration of the POC will be available each day at both Openet (2F36) and Procera (5H61) stands at the MWC 2015.

Luke Ibbetson, Head of Vodafone Group R&D
Vodafone sees the value of consolidating virtualised BSS and networking functions in the same environment, and champions NFV solutions that dynamically scale and adapt to match the evolving needs of our customers.

Openet CEO, Niall Norton
For operators to realise the full benefits of NFV, then it needs to be applied to the software that drives revenue generation in operators, namely real-time BSS.

Radhesh Balakrishnan, General Manager, OpenStack, Red Hat
The transformative potential of NFV for the telecommunications industry is well recognised, and open scalable platforms are stepping up to deliver on this, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform leading the way to demonstrate its ability to meet the unique challenges CSPs face on the road to transformation.  This POC is one such example of how industry leaders can collaborate and innovate on open platforms to successfully manage multi-component orchestration and interworking with network functions, in this case OSS/BSS, to bring the business benefits of NFV to the industry.

Renu Navale, Director of the Intel® Network Builders
This POC shows that the potential of NFV can be successfully delivered via high performance virtualized network functions interworking with OSS/BSS on Intel® Architecture-based servers and the Data Plane Development Kit. Collaboration amongst the various companies, all members of the Intel Network Builders program, is the driving force behind this POC.

Mike Kay, Vice President of Business Development at Procera Networks
This POC demonstrates the true spirit of NFV.  Multiple vendors collaborating to deliver business value to our customers without feature or performance penalties.

Michael Kearns, Amartus' CEO
This POC demonstrates how a runtime programmable Orchestrator is mandatory for real-time OSS and is a key requirement in order to exploit the benefits of NFV in delivery of dynamic on-demand services.

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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