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Press Release -- February 24th, 2014
Source: Ericsson

Telefonica and Ericsson partner to virtualize networks

  • Telefonica and Ericsson in joint R&D program for network virtualization
  • Partnership on network virtualization will shorten time-to-market and enable innovation for new network services with superior performance
  • Program to establish cross-industry view and contribute to standardization bodies

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC, news, filings) and Telefonica announce the launch of a joint R&D program to understand, in-depth, the challenges and opportunities in network transformation during the coming decade, specifically in the areas of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and service provider Software Defined Networking (SDN). At the center of this initiative is the need to build more flexible and cost-efficient solutions, as well as to enable networks as true platforms for innovation.

Enrique Blanco, Telefonica Global CTO, says: “We are living in an extremely dynamic and changing environment, and flexibility is the only approach to efficiently adapt our business to our customers’ needs. Network virtualization brings unique opportunities to address current and upcoming challenges while building a more sustainable network model. This collaboration with Ericsson will help us to advance this future network.”

Telefonica and Ericsson will define a joint view on how the transformation of networks should take place, sharing a common outlook on the order in which network functions will be virtualized and which applications are likely to give the most benefit. Critical considerations to take into account to maintain superior performance of the network when virtualizing it will be also defined. The joint initiative aims to guide standardization and industry bodies, and to provide an important contribution to establishing a cross-industry view of what is needed to take virtualization from theory to reality.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson CTO says: “A virtualized network will provide an open and distributed execution platform where nodes are capable of hosting distributed network functions. Through network virtualization the network of the future will support innovation and an improved user experience with new, tailored services and more efficient utilization of network resources.”

The Telefonica-Ericsson R&D program includes collaboration in deep-dive technical investigations and testing, addressing areas such as network transformation and migration, virtualization of network functions, network security, SDN technology as well as network virtualization infrastructure, management and orchestration. The collaboration details the Telefonica network architecture and shapes the Ericsson portfolio of products and solutions.

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Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation and number of customers. From this outstanding position in the industry, and with its mobile, fixed and broadband businesses as key growth drivers, Telefónica has focused its strategy on becoming a leading company in the digital world.  

The company has a significant presence in 24 countries and a customer base that amounts to more than 317 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

Telefónica Global Resources is a global operating business unit of Telefónica. Its mission is to optimise the benefits from Telefónica’s scale while achieving further efficiency for the whole Company through activities such as simplification, standardization, streamlining and consolidation.

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Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers’ networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscribers. 

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