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TCS NFV Concerto Brings New VoLTE Solution Forward

By Steve Anderson February 16, 2016

Network functions virtualization (NFV) is bringing new power to the enterprise, making several new functions available while not requiring a lot of extra equipment to make said functions happen. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is taking advantage of this concept, bringing out a new voice over LTE (VoLTE) function for the virtual network on the back of its NFV Concerto system.

A collaborative effort between TCS, Brocade, Ixia and Metaswitch, the system relies on a base of Intel Xeon processors driven by RedHat's OpenStack tool to produce several useful effects, the most recent addition to these is VoLTE. The overall system brings in Brocade's Evolved Packet Core, Ixia's IxLoad Wireless, and Metaswitch's Session Border Controller (SBC) and Internet Multimedia System, allowing for VoLTE service to take place on a virtualized mobile network.

TCS' vice president and global head of technology for its technology business unit, V Rajanna, offered comment: “ TCS’ NFV Concerto significantly reduces development and test cycle times for virtualized network functions by automating functional, performance, scalability and compliance testing. This solution is a testament to TCS’ expertise on Intel processor-based platforms and OpenStack, understanding of partner VNFs and extensive experience in next generation product engineering technologies. TCS would continue to create such digital solutions and frameworks to accelerate product development cycle and hence creating a differentiator in the marketplace.”

While it's possible to add too many features to a product, and thus make a system that can't be readily used by its intended market, this generally doesn't happen until a substantial number of features is added. The chances that NFV Concerto might have too many features to be easily used likely won't happen for some time, and that's assuming more new features are still added. However, of all the features that could have been added, TCS has added one of the best. VoLTE, and its close cousins like voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) have proven quite valuable in the tech field, allowing for easy access to communications from just about anywhere within reach of an LTE signal. VoLTE also proves a help to infrastructure, as there's less need to make separate towers for voice and network transmissions. This should be particularly helpful in regions where larger numbers of users are concentrated together, like in India, where TCS' parent company the Tata group is located.

NFV Concerto just got that much more valuable, and in the process, TCS should be able to net some new users out of this expanded program. VoLTE technology allows easy access to communications from nearly anywhere, and when coupled with a system that already delivers benefits aside from VoLTE, that should make for an impressively powerful package.

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