Service-layer innovator OpenCloud today disclosed its virtualised VoLTE application server was used for the world’s first demonstration of a fully virtualised VoLTE stack on a live network. The demonstration, also announced today by Telekom Austria Group…
Service-layer innovator OpenCloud today disclosed its virtualised VoLTE application server was used for the world’s first demonstration of a fully virtualised VoLTE stack on a live network. The demonstration, also announced today by Telekom Austria Group, was conducted by Serbian subsidiary Vip Mobile using its commercial network, showing that virtualised VoLTE is ready for prime time.
Traditionally, telecoms functions have been deployed into the network as physical equipment. In contrast, network function virtualisation (NFV) deploys these functions as virtualised software on common server clouds, with consequent benefits including cost-savings, reduced time-to-market and flexibility. Delivering VoLTE using open, virtualised products enables operators to deliver service innovation to their subscribers more efficiently.
The showcase demonstration using handsets on a live network employed a virtualised Enhanced Packet Core (EPC) by Connectem and virtualised Clearwater IMS Open Source by Metaswitch, in addition to the Rhino Sentinel VoLTE application server from OpenCloud.
Guenther Ottendorfer, CTO Telekom Austria Group comments, “NFV is a paradigm shift for the global Telecom industry but also shows that the game the industry is playing is only about to begin, with numerous innovations on the horizon which will further enhance the customer´s experience. NFV has signalled a new optimism within the industry, with the potential of offering huge opportunities to re-engineer and optimize network infrastructure and deliver better service for our customers.”
“We are delighted to work with Telekom Austria Group and Vip Mobile to set the new benchmark for virtualised VoLTE deployment,” said Phillip Stubbs, CTO at OpenCloud. “Open, virtualised service layers provide a platform for sustainable and competitive innovation. Using cloud-based VoLTE gives operators the advantages of reduced cost and agility to deliver new services that are unique to them and valued by their customers,” he concluded.
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