Telefonica and Ericsson partner to virtualize networks
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* Telefonica and Ericsson in joint R&D program for network virtualization
* Partnership on network virtualization will shorten time-to-market and enable
innovation for new network services with superior performance
* Program to establish cross-industry view and contribute to standardization
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Telefonica announce the launch of a joint R&D program
to understand, in-depth, the challenges and opportunities in network
transformation during the coming decade, specifically in the areas of Network
Functions Virtualization (NFV) and service provider Software Defined Networking
(SDN). At the center of this initiative is the need to build more flexible and
cost-efficient solutions, as well as to enable networks as true platforms for
Enrique Blanco, Telefonica Global CTO, says: "We are living in an extremely
dynamic and changing environment, and flexibility is the only approach to
efficiently adapt our business to our customers' needs. Network virtualization
brings unique opportunities to address current and upcoming challenges while
building a more sustainable network model. This collaboration with Ericsson will
help us to advance this future network."
Telefonica and Ericsson will define a joint view on how the transformation of
networks should take place, sharing a common outlook on the order in which
network functions will be virtualized and which applications are likely to give
the most benefit. Critical considerations to take into account to maintain
superior performance of the network when virtualizing it will be also defined.
The joint initiative aims to guide standardization and industry bodies, and to
provide an important contribution to establishing a cross-industry view of what
is needed to take virtualization from theory to reality.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson CTO says: "A virtualized network will provide an open
and distributed execution platform where nodes are capable of hosting
distributed network functions. Through network virtualization the network of the
future will support innovation and an improved user experience with new,
tailored services and more efficient utilization of network resources."
The Telefonica-Ericsson R&D program includes collaboration in deep-dive
technical investigations and testing, addressing areas such as network
transformation and migration, virtualization of network functions, network
security, SDN technology as well as network virtualization infrastructure,
management and orchestration. The collaboration details the Telefonica network
architecture and shapes the Ericsson portfolio of products and solutions.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in
terms of market capitalisation and number of customers. From this outstanding
position in the industry, and with its mobile, fixed and broadband businesses as
key growth drivers, Telefónica has focused its strategy on becoming a leading
company in the digital world.
The company has a significant presence in 24 countries and a customer base that
amounts to more than 317 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a
strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an
important part of its growth strategy.
Telefónica Global Resources is a global operating business unit of Telefónica.
Its mission is to optimise the benefits from Telefónica's scale while achieving
further efficiency for the whole Company through activities such as
simplification, standardization, streamlining and consolidation.
For more information about Telefónica, visit www.telefonica.com
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