Virtualization of core and routing functions is a transformation that allows Operators to introduce new applications to drive innovation and improve customer services and user experience. Such new infrastructure opens the door to new business models and markets, such as Internet of Things, according to Kevin Millroy, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA).
The press release mentions that Ericsson will lead the transformation program, having responsibility for not only building the infrastructure but ensuring the delivery of an end-to-end operational system. This VHA project aims to increase network agility, reduce opex and capex, deploy services faster, and improve customer experience.
Ericcson reports that the project is the first major collaboration between Ericsson and Cisco on Telecom Cloud infrastructure and supports VHA’s core and IP network evolution towards network slicing. Network slicing increases the level of agility and programmability.
VHA will benefit from having the tools to become more agile, innovative and more pro-active in the way services are brought to market, ultimately resulting in improved customer engagement experience alongside reductions in opex and capex spend.
It is clear that such transformation requires collaboration between vendors in order to validate end-to-end the new infrastructure and solution. Ericsson and Cisco have complementary products that through systems integration brings benefits of end customers.
The joint architecture solution comprises of Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System and software components such as Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment, Ericsson Cloud Manager, Cloud SDN controller; together with Cisco WAN Automation Engine, Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), Cisco IP Network VNFs including IOS XR 9000v and Cloud Services Router 1000v, and both virtualized and physical security technologies such as the Adaptive Security Appliance and Cisco Firepower security gateway, along with services and support. This builds on VHA’s selection, in 2014, of Ericsson to replace and upgrade VHA’s complete core network, including virtual EPC and virtual IMS/ Voice over LTE.
Ericsson and Cisco – two industry leaders in the development and delivery of networking, mobility, and cloud – formed a global business and technology partnership in November 2015 to create the networks of the future.