NTT DOCOMO Leverages Ericsson's Open NFV Platform for Multi-Vendor vEPC

NTT DOCOMO Leverages Ericsson's Open NFV Platform for Multi-Vendor vEPC Image Credit: Ericsson

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. 

Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NTT DOCOMO
DOCOMO has again demonstrated its technology leadership by the launch of multi-vendor NFV.  I am extremely excited to see this progress to provide better services based on standardized future-proof architecture.

Anders Lindblad, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP at Ericsson
As the solution partner to NTT DOCOMO, Ericsson is proud to be part of a landmark launch which is significant for the whole industry. We believe our mutual experiences from the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) network architecture will accelerate global standardization and interoperability.

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