Ericsson announced today that a multi-vendor NFV solution using Ericsson's open NFV platform has been successfully launched on the 9th of March for the commercial network of NTT DOCOMO. The launch of the new virtualized environment which Ericsson claims to be the first commercial deployment of this kind in the world, enables NTT DOCOMO to accelerate the delivery of new services over a stable and interoperable network.
The Ericsson NFV platform provides interoperability and connectivity with any carrier class virtualized network function and SDN. Based on an open architecture, the solution consists of the OpenStack-based Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment as the virtualization platform and the NFV orchestrator, Ericsson Cloud Manager. In addition, Ericsson provided system integration and support services. The solution is designed to will initially support a multi-vendor virtual EPC deployment.
Ericsson said that the open NFV platform can run any network functions from Ericsson as well as third parties, and provides the highest levels of performance, reliability, operation, and maintenance capabilities.