NEC, NetCracker Create New Brand, Business Around NFV/SDN

By Paula Bernier February 26, 2015

NEC Corp. and its subsidiary NetCracker Technology have established a new global business brand and structure to address network functions virtualization and software-defined networking – two hot new technologies around which communications service providers are coalescing.

The lengthy name of the new brand is NEC/NetCracker SDN/NFV Solutions. It will have units dedicated to delivery, sales and marketing, and research and development.

The solutions offered under the brand include NEC’s OpenFlow controller/switch, which the company brought to market back in 2011, and its virtualized customer premises equipment, virtualized evolved packet core, and virtualized mobile virtual network operator offerings. NetCracker’s NFV- and SDN-related billing and operational support systems solutions, including its management and orchestration solutions for virtualization, will also be offered under the umbrella of the new brand. These solutions give carriers end-to-end network visibility and control, and enable them to optimize traffic flow.

NEC helped pioneer SDN, which allows network administrators to manage network services through abstraction of lower-level functionality. It does that by separating the control plane, which decides where traffic is sent, from the data plane, which does the actual traffic forwarding. And just last week NEC revealed it has developed software technology capable of efficiently configuring wide area networks through the integration and management of multiple different types of networks, including optical and wireless, with the aim of enabling carriers to use SDN. The new technology is slated to be demonstrated next week at Mobile World Congress.

Earlier this month NEC and NetCracker announced the completion of what they said was a successful SDN-enabled vCPE trial with Telekom Austria Group. NEC has also been working with NTT DoCoMo and Telefonica on NFV.

Infonetics Research expects the carrier NFV and SDN market will reach $11 billion by 2018. Revenue from new NFV and SDN software is expected to account for 20 percent of that market; displaced revenue will account for an estimated 12 percent of that; and new segments – including mostly virtualized network functions and SDN ports on optical gear, routers, and switches – will make up 68 percent of that, according to Infonetics. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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