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Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core

We are industrializing network functions virtualization (NFV) for improved deployment flexibility, built for the most demanding environments. Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Core provides verified solutions addressing a large number of vertical use-cases thereby opening up new operator opportunities.

Maybe you are looking for ways to increase capacity, coverage and at the same time ensure that your businesses KPIs are met? Or demanding a better environment for innovations to be able to try out and to accelerate the introduction of new services at a lower total cost of ownership? How to create efficient networks and operations where services can be deployed quickly and effortlessly while having the tools to deploy and offer new services?

The benefits of Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Core include all the benefits of NFV, but with the Ericsson differentiation – a complete end-to-end solution. We support flexible deployment of a whole range of virtual network services enabled by vMME, vSGSN, vPGW, vSGW, vGGSN, vPCRF, vDPI, vProbe, vePDG and vTWAG. We provide full feature compatibility with native Evolved Packet Core, maintaining our  leadership with best in class compatibility with surrounding systems from devices and RAN to charging systems and services. Physical and virtual network functions will coexist seamlessly in areas such as pool, geo redundancy and load sharing.

We have experience from 100+ virtual Evolved Packet Core engagements, including contracts, trials and PoC since Q3 2013. We have 50+ commercial contracts and several in live commercial operations. In Q1 2016 we announced first live vEPC for MBB networks with SoftBank and Digicel.

Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Core provides verified solutions addressing a large number of vertical use-cases. Key initial virtual network services include:

  • Internet of Things
  • Distributed Mobile Broadband
  • Enterprise
  • Communication (VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling)
  • Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)
  • Mobile Broadband.

 

Our virtual network services can be used as network slices enabling flexibility, allowing multiple logical networks to be created on top of a common shared physical infrastructure and as a step towards a 5G Core architecture. As an example it can be used for fast optimized IoT introduction without impacting mobile broadband network service.


The complete Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Core portfolio is commercially available since Q4 2014. It enables an unprecedented scalability and flexibility from small-scale local deployments, with EPC in-a-box, to large-scale datacenter deployments. This means that virtual Evolved Packet Core can be deployed in large centralized datacenters but also distributed close to the radio network.


Building on the market leading Evolved Packet Core applications we provide smooth, seamless migration paths with unique feature parity across physical and virtualized network nodes. All to support simplified operations and fast time to service for the network services.


A successful deployment of a virtual network service depends on the solution completeness as well as solution openness. Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Core is supported on Ericson Cloud System but also on validated 3:rd party execution environments. Multi-vendor PoC has successfully been announced with NTT DOCOMO.

Preparing for the Future

Preparing for the Future

Ericsson has been working in a collaborative model with Swisscom to transform its core network through the deployment of a telco cloud infrastructure and virtual network functions.

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