NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and Telefónica have today announced an agreement to launch this October the first ever trial in Brazil to virtualise part of the equipment installed on a customer’s premises (vCPE). Through the telecom provider’s global operating business unit, Telefónica Global Resources, the CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) solution will simplify the home equipment installation process and, by default, Telefónica’s broadband network access and connectivity.
Within the framework of the recent strategic partnership announced by both companies in this field, Telefónica and NEC will bring together their technological capabilities and collaborate in the development of vCPE. The solution, based on a prototype developed by Telefónica I+D, with contributions and integration by NEC, enables certain IP functions to be shifted away from the residential gateways (the equipment installed in the customer’s home) towards the carrier’s own network. As a result, end users will experience rapid service deployment and improved network operation and maintenance benefits. To achieve this, Telefónica and NEC will be conducting a series of field trials in Brazil, where Telefónica provides broadband access services to millions of homes and businesses with the objective of having a solution ready for deployment by July of 2014.
As demand for Telefónica’s broadband access services continue to grow, the introduction of the CPE solution will notably enhance and simplify service operation and maintenance by virtualising and moving functions from the equipment installed in the customer’s home to Telefónica’s network.
NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701)
Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)