NFV (Network functions virtualization)

Cisco Boasts NFV Trial With NTT DoCoMo

Cisco revealed Wednesday that it has undertaken an early-stage network virtualization trial with forward-looking Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo.

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) announced through its corporate blog that it has "succeeded" in a "proof-of-concept" NFV test with NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM)

Specifically, Joe Cozzolino, SVP and GM of Service Provider Video Infrastructure, writes that NTT "has verified the feasibility of network functions virtualization (NFV) using our Cisco Virtualized Packet Core and Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), the core network of long-term evolution (LTE) systems."

Keep up with the latest in NFV developments on our dedicated channel here on Light Reading.

Cisco, of course, has an interest in showing that it is still hip and with it and can hang with its newer NFV rivals. Many have wondered how the traditionally hardware-focused networking vendor will fare as the network goes increasingly virtual. (See MKM: Cisco Biggest Loser in AT&T SDN Plans.)

It should be noted, however, that NTT DoCoMo CTO Seizo Onoe is quoted in the blog saying that the carrier is working on "multi-vendor initiatives with Cisco and other top ICT players" for NFV.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

FRBlueOceanNet 10/16/2014 | 10:22:46 PM
NTT DoCoMo completes Interoperable NFV Trial with 6 Vendors As per the NTT DoCoMo press release itself and the earlier Light Reading article (NTT DoCoMo completes NFV Trial with Multiple Vendors), the actual trial included 6 vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC and Nokia. And as NTT shared this week at the SDN and OpenFlow World Congress the vendors' equipment were successfully put to interoperability tests.
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