Ericsson and Zain Group, a telecommunications operator headquartered in Kuwait, have announced the Middle East’s first demonstration of proof of concept for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
The proof of concept demonstration uses Ericsson’s virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem (vIMS) solutions. The objective is to demonstrate cloud use cases that enable Zain to have faster time to market, offer high-quality user experiences and easily deploy ICT services such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Machine to Machine (M2M), Rich Communication Services (RCS) and enterprise solutions.
The Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment and Ericsson Cloud Manager are based on OpenStack, OPNFV and ETSI MANO, allowing operators to deploy Ericsson's and other vendors' hardware and virtualized software products. This helps operators allocate network resources more flexibly, simplifies network configuration and delivers operational and capital expenditure savings.
Hisham Allam, Chief Technology Officer, Zain Group, says: “We are keen to lead the way in the region when it comes to virtualization, as it paves the road for implementation of new technologies across all our markets. Partnering with Ericsson enables us to achieve our strategic goals when it comes to enhanced operational effectiveness and customer experience."
Rafiah Ibrahim, President, Region Middle East and East Africa, Ericsson, says: "This successful proof of concept showcases the possibility for operators to deploy NFV on a broader scale. By using Ericsson’s technology, operators such as Zain Group are able to build global standard agile networks and speed up new service introduction.”
“Ericsson’s vision is a Networked Society where every person and every industry is empowered to reach their full potential. This collaboration demonstrates the trajectory with which regional operators can transform and explore the possibilities of the Networked Society.”
The announcement was made at the Zain Technology Conference, held in Bahrain between November 30, 2015 and December 2, 2015.
About Zain Group
Zain Group is a leading mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in eight Middle Eastern and North African countries with a workforce of over 7,000. As of September 30, 2015, Zain Group provides mobile voice and data services to over 45.6 million active individual and business customers.
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