NEC, Telefónica Team on SDN
TOKYO -- NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies, and Telefónica, a leading provider of integrated communication solutions, announced today an agreement to collaborate in the development of network virtualisation based on SDN (Software-Defined Networking) and NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation) technologies. Telefónica and NEC Corporation will bring together their technological capabilities and collaborate in a migration scenario study to virtualise the current IP edge network elements. By minimizing the dependence on hardware, virtualisation will bring considerable benefits both to the management of the network and, more importantly, to the end customer. The network’s management will become simple, flexible and enable accelerated service deployment and time to market, while enhancing the customer’s connectivity experience. Network virtualisation with SDN and NFV technologies that combine the IP edge components of networks into one single virtual infrastructure is a key element of Telefonica’s network strategy. This collaboration will ensure that virtual network functions are portable between different hardware platforms. NEC and Telefónica have produced the first real case study of virtualised EPC (Evolved Packet Core) and will showcase this technology at Mobile World Congress 2013, Barcelona, February 25 - 28, Hall 3, Stand 3B4. Telefónica SA NEC Corp.