DoCoMo launches multi-vendor NFV

JapanTelecom Asia — Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and Ericsson have completed what they assert is the first commercial launch of a multi-vendor NFV system. DoCoMo has deployed the system, which is based on Ericsson’s open NFV platform, as part of a project to provide better services for customers. The platform is built on OpenStack-based open architecture, and initially supports a multi-vendor virtual evolved packet core environment.

64 percent of Asia Pacific use virtualised network functions

APACAbout two-thirds (64 percent) of enterprises in 14 markets across the Asia Pacific region are at some stage of deployment of virtualised network functions, according to a new report by IDC. Thirty percent of organisations are implementing or running software-defined networking (SDN) functionality to improve network agility, speed and programmability.

Most APAC enterprises implementing NFV

APACTelecom Asia — Almost two thirds of enterprises across 14 APAC markets are at some stage of deployment of virtualized network functions, according to research conducted by IDC for Ciena. The research finds that 64% of APAC businesses are at some stage of NFV deployment, with the most advanced markets being Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand.

Telstra using Cisco software for SDN, NFV products

AustraliaWhile the news over at Cisco has been about cloud-related technology acquisitions, yesterday they were part of an interesting APAC announcement down under. Telstra is using Cisco’s software platform to bring SDN and NFV powered products to market. Of course, Telstra bought Pacnet about a year ago and quickly started investing in an expansion of its early SDN-powered PEN network.

DoCoMo develops NFV for multivendor EPC

JapanTelecom Asia — NTT DoCoMo has completed the development of what it says is the world’s first 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. It also plans to deploy SDN to make IP network flexible in accordance with the introduction of NFV.

Ericsson inks cloud/NFV deals with XL Axiata and LG Uplus

IndonesiaTelecom Asia — Indonesian telecoms operator XL Axiata has picked Ericsson to transform its network through the deployment of disaggregated architecture. Ericsson will deploy its full stack cloud solution, including the Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 based on Intel Rack Scale Architecture, and virtual network functions (VNFs) as part of XL Axiata’s cloud evolution and realization of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Ooredoo Records Intent to Work With Cisco on Network Functions Virtualization

QatarMarketwired — BARCELONA, SPAIN: Today at GSMA Mobile World Congress, Cisco announced that Ooredoo, a leading communications company with operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, has agreed to create a relationship with Cisco to set Ooredoo’s roadmap for Network Function Virtualization (NFV) deployments and to deliver Virtual Managed Services (VMS) to the Qatar market.

Telstra, Ericsson ink deal for full-stack SDN/NFV cloud solution

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Telstra and Ericsson signed a contract at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday under which Ericsson will deploy a full-stack telecom cloud solution that includes NFV and SDN, and will focus initially on transforming the Australian telco’s wireless network and providing a 5G-ready core.

BT, Orange, AT&T, and Singtel lead way for next-gen services: report

APACTelecom Asia — BT, Orange, Singtel and AT&T are the “leaders” of the next-generation telecoms service providers in Asia Pacific, but there are plenty of challengers in the market. This is according to an annual report by research firm IDC which also said these service providers “demonstrated a strong regional network presence, diverse portfolio of public, private, and hybrid cloud services, comprehensive suite of managed services offerings in the region, as well as a large base of mid and large-sized enterprises, multinational corporations (MNCs), and government clients across Asia Pacific.”

ZTE completes IoT NFV tests with China Mobile

ChinaZTE has completed tests set up by the Big Data and IT Technology Department of China Mobile’s research arm, China Mobile Research Institute, for Internet of Things (IoT) docking and interoperability. The move is a key step in the deployment of cloud-based network function virtualization (NFV) technologies, ZTE said in a statement.

HPE, China Telecom put up NFV Lab

China.gifEnterprise Innovation — Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), in collaboration with China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, has opened a joint network function virtualization (NFV) lab in Beijing. The joint lab will help China Telecom plan for implementing NFV technologies and accelerate innovation of new offerings to its customers.

HP Enterprise and China Telecom launch NFV lab

ChinaTelecom Asia — Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) has opened a joint network functions virtualization (NFV) lab in Beijing in collaboration with China Telecom Beijing Research Institute. The new laboratory will help China Telecom plan for the implementation ofNFV technologies and accelerate the development of new offerings for customers.

AT&T, Ericsson and Apcera demonstrate NFV in a PaaS environment

JapanBusiness Cloud News — AT&T and Ericsson claim they’ve created an improvement to container technology that makes cloud telco platforms far more secure and yet easier to set up. They jointly presented their invention in proof of concept exercise, along with cloud service provider Apcera. Container technology, previously used for creating secure environments for text based office and enterprise productivity applications, has been tweaked in order to overcome some of its security limitations, when telecoms is handled in the cloud.

NFV paving the way to the IoT utopia

APACTelecom Asia — A world where machines do all the work – Considering the pace of technological innovations today, this vision is close to being a reality. Analyst firm IDC projects that the number of IoT installed bases in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) will include 8.8 billion devices by 2020.

NTT: NFV and SDN are transforming enterprise networks

JapanNetwork Aasia — Integration of cloud, data center and network assets riding onsoftware-defined networks and virtualization technology will be the biggest trend to happen in the next few years. Networking vendors and service providers, such as NTT Com Asia, have recognized that the NFV and SDN trend is imminent and have begun incorporating these new technologies as complementary capabilities to their existing platforms, thus driving more innovations.

ZTE intensifies focus on SDN, NFV and Big Data solutions for enterprise

ChinaNetworks Asia — As the Internet of Things makes the world more connected, ZTE Corporation will intensify research on 5G, SDN (Software Defined Networks), cloud computing and Big Data to help customers build next-generation networks and technology infrastructure supporting more dynamic services provisioning, Chief Technology Officer Dr. Zhao Xianming said at the ZTE Global Analyst Conference in Shanghai.

Huawei Builds NFV Open Lab

ChinaChinese telecom device maker Huawei announced in Xi’an that the company has completed the construction of a network functions virtualization open lab with an initial investment of over USD5 million. Liang Hua, president of Huawei global technical service unit, said that the NFV open lab is an innovation center for ICT convergence. It is committed to open cooperation and joint innovation with global partners to establish an NFV industrial eco-chain, integrate value, and help the business success of clients.