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Ericsson and Telefónica deploy first cloud-based VoLTE in Colombia

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Break-in deal for Ericsson to become sole supplier of cloud based VoLTE in Colombia. Technology proof point of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call over virtual IMS made over Telefónica’s commercial network in December 2015. Enables operator to be agile and rapidly add new communication services.
Feb 15, 2016

Telefónica Colombia, along with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), is deploying the country’s first commercial virtual network for voice over LTE services.

Ericsson is becoming the sole supplier and is bringing the Ericsson Cloud Manager, Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment and virtual network function IMS core to enable commercial voice over LTE. Implementation, integration and support services are also included to enable this virtual network.

Hernan Felipe Cucalon, CTO, Telefónica Colombia, says: “Telefónica is aiming for a robust, carrier-grade, fast time-to-market launch and thus speeding new services to our customers. Ericsson took on the challenge by providing us with a complete solution, and is now deploying VoLTE over a virtualized network environment.”

Enrique Blanco, Global CTO of Telefónica Group, says: “Network virtualization brings huge opportunities for efficiency and agility; we aim to have a common and complete solution for Telco, IT and Enterprise Services.”

The flexibility of a virtualized network will allow Telefónica to more rapidly introduce new services to its subscribers. Telefónica has been present in Colombia since 2004, starting with activities in the mobile market and now providing voice, broadband, and pay television services to its 15.7 million Colombian subscribers.

Eduardo Ricotta, Head of Customer Unit Telefónica, Ericsson Latin America and Caribbean, says: “This is a natural evolution of both technology and our partnership with Telefonica. We have provided 3G RAN, LTE, Core, OSS and BSS, transmission and other services to Telefónica since their arrival in Colombia, where we have done business for 120 years. It’s a perfect match to embark on the opportunities in the cloud environment with two strong global players, being first in Latin America with this technology.”


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