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KT Plans NFV Shift With AlcaLu

Alcatel-Lucent has struck a marquee carrier virtualization partnership with South Korea's national operator, KT Corp. (See Alcatel-Lucent, KT Collaborate on NFV.)

The two companies have signed a "technical collaboration agreement" that will involve the development of NFV capabilities for KT's "Giga" Network, including a proof of concept, based on the vendor's CloudBand NFV platform, its virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and the Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) for SDN that has been developed by AlcaLu subsidiary Nuage Networks.

KT's aim is to become more innovative and efficient, as well as "accelerate product deployment and service creation flexibility," as it develops and builds out what it calls its Giga Network, the operator's next-generation infrastructure. "We expect this collaboration will help us create converged services for Gigatopia era and develop new revenue generation models," as well as reduce costs, noted HongBeom Jeon, head of KT's Technology Infra Laboratory Center, in the official announcement released by the two companies.

KT's Gigatopia strategy involves: building a high-speed, integrated wired/wireless next-gen network that is ready for all manner of future media and data transport and geared up for the Internet of Things (IoT); prioritizing customer service and experience and developing a differentiated set of cloud-based services and applications to meet customers' needs; and expanding into multiple ICT markets, including the smart energy, healthcare, security and smart city sectors.


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Why this matters
South Korea is one of the most advanced telecoms markets in the world and, along with the likes of Japan and Sweden, is always at the forefront of next-gen networking and services developments. As a result, developments in those markets are closely watched by the rest of the industry: That KT is teaming up with Alcatel-Lucent on its NFV and SDN R&D is something of a coup for the vendor.

Alcatel-Lucent has been investing significant time, effort and resources into both SDN, through Nuage, and NFV, based on its CloudBand platform, for years, and those efforts are now at the heart of the vendor's new strategy. Informal feedback suggests that CloudBand in particular is at the heart of many carrier projects -- the KT engagement is further evidence that AlcaLu is one of the leaders in developing virtualization capabilities for telcos.

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R Clark 10/13/2014 | 8:58:20 PM
Re: Any NFV competitions in the Korean market? I don't believe Samsung Networks has an NFV solution. These days the Korean market is more open to foreign vendors than it has ever been before - they understand that if they want to be a global leader they have to have access to the best technology. Nokia has quite a nice business there these days.
bosco_pcs 10/13/2014 | 3:36:45 PM
Re: Any NFV competitions in the Korean market? ok, thanks for the lesson
Ariella 10/13/2014 | 3:10:46 PM
Re: Any NFV competitions in the Korean market? @bosco_pcs much smarter to say you don't have enough info to form an informed opinion than to just state one with little basis. I think the world would be a better place if more people did that. 
bosco_pcs 10/13/2014 | 3:06:03 PM
Re: Any NFV competitions in the Korean market? @Ariella, mine is more a question than a preference. I don't know NFV landscape well enough but considering it and SDN are two of the in vogue technologies, the more I learn from the experts here the better off I am
Ariella 10/13/2014 | 2:42:36 PM
Re: Any NFV competitions in the Korean market? " So for $ALU to get a piece, either it is good or cost effective, or it has little competition. " @bosco_pcs do you lean toward one of those two options?
bosco_pcs 10/13/2014 | 2:26:12 PM
Any NFV competitions in the Korean market? What is the situation in S (obviously not N) Korean NFV market. One would think Samsung is a fierce competitor in its own backyard if it has an offering. And the Chinese guys not far behind. So for $ALU to get a piece, either it is good or cost effective, or it has little competition. 
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