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ZTE, China Mobile Complete Round of Testing of IoT, NFV

By Casey Houser February 02, 2016

ZTE, a developer of hardware and software for the telecommunications industry, including products that help move forward the Internet of Things (IoT), recently announced that it has partnered with China Mobile to complete tests of the pair’s network functions virtualization equipment.

Both companies brought together ZTE products for the management of the network’s IP multimedia subsystem and a number of China Mobile network functions to test on that subsystem. What the pair found was that ZTE handled well the functions for automatic service deployment, virtual machine migration, data recovery, and scaling of services. This marks the first corporate testing between any telecommunications product developer and China Mobile’s Department of Big Data and IT Technology.

ZTE was thorough in its preparation for these tests. It reportedly worked with VMware, a developer of operating system virtualization applications; Hewlett-Packard, a giant in the computing industry; and Redhat, a Linux distributor known for its involvement in the corporate world, to test its hardware and its layers of virtual network functions.

That pre-configuration of physical and virtual network orchestration was necessary to make sure the tests with China Mobile proceeded smoothly. It needed to orchestrate and manage a number of network services for clean deployment that, if seen in a production environment, could offer China Mobile reduced expenses and its customers a quicker path to mobile services.

Of course, this all comes together as part of the spread of mobile services in China and throughout the rest of the world. The IoT, that collection of all user handsets and all personal electronic items such as cars and household thermostats – in addition to all the sensors and devices that make up the corporate landscape (think every type of network from cell towers to utility meters) – involves the use of mobile networks and will require the use of 4G and, eventually, 5G speeds.

Management of those future mobile networks will require networking that goes beyond the relative stone age of traditional hardware usage. ZTE and China Mobile know that only software-defined networking and the use of network functions virtualization can handle the load of billions of simultaneous users and devices on such networks. This testing has shown what their cooperation can achieve and what China Mobile’s network of all IP connected devices will look like in the near future.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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