Alcatel-Lucent announced that it will deliver a portfolio of virtualized mobile network function applications – evolved packet core (EPC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and radio access network (RAN) - and extending them to the cloud.
The network functions virtualization (NFV) portfolio combines its networking technical acumen with its cloud capabilities, guiding customers through virtualization.It is already working with 20 service providers as they begin to leverage NFV in their networks.
NFV allows mobile service providers to innovate more quickly and easily while providing the best return on their investments in an all-IP network infrastructure such as LTE. The technology enables network automation and efficient use of resources, being able to optimize delivery of services such as voice over LTE (VoLTE), Web real time communications (Web RTC), secure mobile communications for enterprises and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile will demonstrate voice and video delivered over a virtualized proof of concept LTE RAN Baseband Unit (BBU) and virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) onboarded to the cloud by CloudBand 2.0 – the company's second generation NFV platform.
Alcatel-Lucent's virtualized mobile portfolio is hardware independent, allowing it to operate with NFV platforms including management, orchestration, infrastructure and networking elements.
The portfolio includes a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEP), that automates the authentication and management of subscribers and the services they access, as well as the creation of and connectivity to services within the operator's network and to the wider Internet. It also features a virtualized IMS (vIMS) solution, – a cloud communications platform for delivering a portfolio of multimedia services over IP networks. Last but not least, the virtualized mobile portfolio is offering a virtualized RAN portfolio – encompassing a virtualized 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC) and virtualized proof of concept for LTE and LTE-Advanced Radio Access Networks.
Alcatel-Lucent has signed four contracts to deliver its Nuage Networks SDN solution, currently delivering on three CloudBand NFV customer contracts and 10 trials.