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STOCKHOLM -- Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) provides important mechanisms to make operator networks more agile and operationally efficient. Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is now bringing NFV to an industrial scale with a full suite of virtualized network applications, combined with consulting and systems integration services. Based on an open, telecom-grade cloud execution environment, efficient end-to-end solutions and more flexible deployments are enabled.

As part of its commitment to NFV, Ericsson is launching its virtual Evolved Packet Core. This development of the market-leading Evolved Packet Core opens the way for new operator opportunities in the areas of M2M, enterprise and distributed cloud for rural mobile broadband. All these services use Ericsson Cloud System for efficient operations.

Virtualization is done of all Evolved Packet Core components with full feature compatibility with native Evolved Packet Core, as well as complementary functions such as content caching and optimization offered by Ericsson's Media Delivery Network. Together with common operations and support system and smooth migration paths Ericsson provides unique features across native and virtualized network nodes.

Ericsson's complete virtual Evolved Packet Core includes virtual Evolved Packet Gateway, virtual SGSN-MME, virtual Service-Aware Policy Controller and virtual Service Aware Support Node.

Ericsson will demonstrate cloud and NFV applications with real-time performance at Mobile World Congress 2014. We will show virtual Evolved Packet Core running on Ericsson Cloud System using third-party hardware as well as how our products allow virtual network functions to be aggregated to full service solutions for rapid deployment.

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User Rank: Light Beer
4/14/2014 | 8:38:07 AM
Re: so not for mainstream? or not yet?
Thanks Gabriel, and yes I saw the report. Good piece of document indeed.
Gabriel Brown
Gabriel Brown,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/14/2014 | 8:23:13 AM
Re: so not for mainstream? or not yet?

Yes, I think that's about right. Parallel deployments are attractive initially because you don't put your mass-market data service at risk.

I wrote a bit about this here: The Rise of Virtual EPC
User Rank: Light Beer
4/13/2014 | 9:53:09 PM
so not for mainstream? or not yet?
I see and interpret the message a bit diff. Are they simply targeting Enterprise, M2M? Means not ready for Mainstream operators handling millions of sessions?

Also, what is "cloud". For example, let's say Ericsson or any vendor put their big box in a DC and offers pay as you use, can we say this is kind of meets business goals of operators who are focused on cost management?
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2/24/2014 | 8:16:34 PM
Looking Fwd to This
ANything virtualized is always ground-breaking. Cheaper & quicker deployments as well as less overhead in many environments. I'm looking forward to seeing it demo'd as well as the hardware stack it's on top of.
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