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China Unicom Reports 3Q Earnings, Concludes NFV VoLTE PoC

By Paula Bernier October 27, 2015

China Unicom has been making news on at least a couple of different fronts recently. Holding company China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd. today announced its third quarter earnings for 2015, and it wasn’t pretty. It was also announced recently that the proof of concept effort HP and ZTE were working on with China Unicom has come to a close

As Zacks reported, the company’s “earnings per ADR fell a massive 68 percent year over year to 8 cents. Quarterly net income was approximately $190 million, down a whopping 69.3 percent year over year.” Meanwhile, total revenue for China Unicom Hong Kong, according to Zacks, was just slightly (0.1 percent year over year) at $10,723 million in the quarter.

As for the proof of concept, that involved China Unicom, HP, and ZTE collaborating to demonstrate the feasibility of leveraging NFV to deliver voice over LTE services. That involved the use of virtualized evolved packet core and virtualized IMS solutions from ZTE; the C7000 Blade server from HP; an NFV orchestrator from the two vendors; and virtualized network functions such as disaster recovery and maintenance management and lifecycle management from other companies.

China Unicom has been very active on the NFV front in recent months.

In July, Alcatel-Lucent announced the carrier had tapped it to provide it with agile optical networking, IP routing, mobile and fixed ultra-broadband access, and network functions virtualization solutions. That deal also involves supplying China Unicom with software-defined networking capabilities from Nuage Networks, the Silicon Valley startup that Alcatel-Lucent is behind.

And China Unicom, AT&T, NTT Communications, and SK telecom are part of the non-profit effort called ON.Lab, which recently staged the first public demonstration of CORD – or, central office rearchitected as a data center. CORD is an approach of providing infrastructure-as-a-service and networking services as tenant applications for this infrastructure.

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Elsewhere in China, Huawei and China Mobile have a small-scale pilot deployment involving the vendor’s virtualized IMS solution, which is running on carrier-class and general-purpose servers. The core network effort aims to help China Mobile develop basic NFV specifications related to design, implementation, operations and management, and the implementation of NovoNet 2020 strategies. NovoNet is China Mobile’s name for its strategy to adopt NFV, SDN, and other technologies to create a next-generation network based on open standards and more flexible architectures.

Meanwhile, China Mobile in July announced plans for an Open NFV Test Lab geared at driving innovation on the NFV frontier. ZTE was named as among its first group of partners for the effort.




Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Executive Editor, TMC

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