NEC Corporation is offering the virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) based on Network Function Virtualization (NFV). The system, which NEC claims as the first in the industry, runs on off-the-self Intel hardware that supports multiple access networks including LTE. It has already been commissioned in Myanmar. The vEPC forms the main component of the mobile core network supporting functions such as Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (S-GW) and PDN gateway (P-GW) and will be offered as one of NEC SDN Solutions.
NEC vEPC succeeded in virtualizing all of the functions on an IA server while achieving Carrier Grade Service quality and capabilities. As a result, this solution provides for telecom carrier needs, including TCO optimization, dynamic and quick network capacity scaling and management, and rapid launch of new services that deliver new revenue sources. Moreover, the use of a virtualization infrastructure makes it possible to dynamically boost server resources according to network traffic volume and service trends. Furthermore, the use of IA servers significantly reduces equipment costs and procurement lead time when compared to existing dedicated hardware for mobile core network products. Source - NEC (Oct 22, 2013)