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.