DOCOMO Develops First NFV Platform to Run Multi-vendor EPC Solution

DOCOMO Develops First NFV Platform to Run Multi-vendor EPC Solution Image Credit: DOCOMO

NTT DOCOMO announced that it has completed the development of a network function virtualization (NFV) technology that can run Evolved Packet Core (EPC) software from multiple vendors to enhance connectivity in high-volume areas. DOCOMO plans to deploy the technology on its network starting this March.

According to DOCOMO, the new technology complies with specifications set by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's Industry Specifications Group for NFV. DOCOMO also plans to deploy software-defined networking (SDN) technology to make its IP network flexible in line with the deployment of NFV.  

DOCOMO also plans to virtualize many other key components of its mobile network, aiming at eventually establishing a fully virtualized network.

Seizo Onoe, DOCOMO's Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Multi-vendor NFV technology, once regarded as pie in the sky, will now be deployed commercially on our mobile network. Many NFV technologies already deployed still rely on single vendor, so we expect this truly multi-vendor NFV technology will be a long-awaited game-changer in the mobile industry's ecosystem.

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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