NEC, NetCracker Complete IP NAT VNF PoC on vCPE for Portugal Telecom

NEC, NetCracker Complete IP NAT VNF PoC on vCPE for Portugal Telecom Image Credit: NetCracker

NEC and NetCracker Technology announced today that they have successfully completed a proof of concept (PoC) for their virtualized customer-premises equipment (vCPE) solution at the largest Operator in Portugal, Portugal Telecom. With the vCPE PoC, Portugal Telecom will be able to accelerate and simplify the integration and distribution of new consumer services as well as reduce the cost of provisioning and maintaining those offerings.

According to NEC/Netcracker, the PoC demonstrated and validated the vCPE solution’s ability to migrate IPv4 and IPv6 routing, address assignment and translation and other IP networking functions from end-user home gateways to Portugal Telecom’s data center. This PoC showcased several highly unique on-demand service capabilities that the vCPE solution can potentially provide, including the ability to let consumers customize and activate advanced service features such as parental controls and device-specific usage controls through an easy-to-use self-service portal. Portugal Telecom will also be able to accelerate time-to-market and reduce provisioning and maintenance costs by converting the HGW into a simple Layer 2 bridge and minimizing complex hardware installations and troubleshooting processes, said both companies. 

Jaime Serrano, President at NEC Portugal Telecommunicacoes e Sistemas
We are extremely pleased with the positive results of this PoC. In addition to current services, this solution enables new services to be launched and configured for customers much faster and more efficiently, leading to significant cost reductions. Moreover, the need for technicians to visit customers’ homes is clearly reduced, also resulting in lower costs..

Frank DeTraglia, Chief Customer Officer at NetCracker
As virtualized solutions gain momentum among leading operators, it is important to bring vCPE and other technologies out of the lab and into operationalized deployments. NEC and NetCracker have a long and successful track record in helping communications service providers reduce the risk of operationalizing the innovations in network and IT.

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