Telefónica Deploys ZTE's vIMS Tech
SHENZHEN, China -- ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced it is working with multinational telecommunications company, Telefónica, to jointly build a large-scale virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem (vIMS) network in Latin America. This network will cover seven countries in Latin America (Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ecuador and Uruguay), providing voice over LTE (VoLTE) and voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) services for Telefónica customers.
Telefónica Group is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, providing telecom services in countries across Europe and Latin America. With the rapid development of Telefónica’s LTE services, deploying VoLTE and VoWiFi services has become important for operation and development. Under this arrangement, ZTE will deploy comprehensive vIMS-based VoLTE/VoWiFi networks for Telefónica in seven countries in Latin America. The solution will be deployed as VNF (virtual network function) over ZTE virtualisation infrastructure.
ZTE's vIMS solution possesses carrier-grade commercial capability for product performance, as well as security and reliability. It enables seamless integration with Telefónica's legacy networks, and is the first step within Telefónica’s UNICA virtualisation program, where a smooth migration to UNICA’s infra cloud capabilities will be reached following extensive tests. ZTE is already working with Telefónica as a key network function virtualisation (NFV) supplier and has already reached on-boarding capabilities over the UNICA infra solution.
"vIMS is part of ZTE's Cloud UniCore solution, providing Telefónica with cutting-edge and practical virtualisation solutions," said Ziyang Xu, president of ZTE's telecom cloud and core network products. "We are cooperating with Telefónica in ensuring a smooth integration of our IMS NFV towards UNICA infra cloud platform. ZTE will gradually create a simpler, more flexible and more open network for operators."
ZTE is committed to the research and development of network virtualisation technology. Thus far, ZTE has deployed over 100 commercial/trial Cloud UniCore offices worldwide, and carries out extensive cooperation in the deployment of virtualised networks with Vodafone, Telefónica, Airtel Africa Group, VimpelCom, Deutsche Telekom, Telenor, China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom and other mainstream operators.