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Ooredoo Kuwait Partners with VMware to Create IMS

By Casey Houser July 09, 2015

Ooredoo Kuwait, a telecommunications provider that operates in the Middle East, recently partnered with VMware, a global provider of cloud infrastructure that supports software-defined network initiatives.

VMware announced that Ooredoo has officially deployed network functions virtualization (NFV) and several IT applications on a VMware vCloud. This initially led to the first voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call on a Ooredoo network and is expected to extend to more services by the end of this year. This certainly could include commercial VoLTE service for customers in the Middle East and could lead to other data-based services including everything from bill pay portals to videoconferencing tools.

Mijbil Al-Ayoub, the director of corporate communication at Ooredoo, commented in the announcement about the company's decision to work with VMware.

“Reliability and availability were key factors in our decision to work with VMware,” Al-Ayoub said. “The production-proven VMware technology and our previous experience with the high levels of technical support offered by VMware professional services gave us the confidence to move to a unified cloud platform.”

Al-Ayoub further confirmed that Ooreddo was able to complete an initial research and development project which, in conjunction with VMware, only took two months to finish. From there, the pair was able to create its virtual IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) which can launch on a production infrastructure in a matter of hours.

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It was on that IMS that Ooredoo was able to complete its first VoLTE call and will continue to support its future goals. It will use the VMware policy-based resource allocation to manage service level agreements and scale with the demands of customers. This ability to scale with “capacity of demand” will be essential to Ooredoo's future and will showcase the benefits of switching to software-defined networking. By moving away from hardware, networking can scale with more ease and can provision resources like never before. It is no surprise that the market is expected to reach $8.7 billion by the close of 2020.




Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Contributing Writer

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