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Aqsacom Addresses Wiretapping for the NFV World

By Paula Bernier June 16, 2017

Network functions virtualization is prompting big changes in how things are done. One seldom-discussed area being impacted by NFV is wiretapping.

But Aqsacom’s recent introduction of a lawful interception system for network functions virtualization environments brings this discussion front and center. This solution is called Virtual ALIS, or vALIS.

It was designed to allow for the orderly migration from traditional legacy networks to environments with virtualized network functions. And it is ideally suited for the 5G networks of the near future.

ALIS uses a secured NFV partition with a separate hypervisor and network interfaces with which administrative and delivery modules can interface. And the ALIS can manage multiple networks, network component vendor solutions, and delivery standards.

The company has tested the vALIS with top-tier communication service providers, according to Aqsacom CEO Gilles Blanc. And beyond lawful interception, this mediation platform can be used for data retention, among other applications.

“The platform’s composition allows for code stability with quick and easy product customization,” said Blanc. “It is an investment that will serve clients now and in the future.”

It makes sense that Aqsacom designed the vALIS solution with 5G in mind. 5G networks will rely on cloud-based radio access networks and NFV architectures.

“SDN and NFV are really a foundation for how 5G will be deployed,” Rick Hornby, executive director for core network planning at Verizon, said, as quoted in a report by SDxCentral. “The separation of the control and user plan[e] are all coming from what we see in the web-based environment and are part of what is happening with 5G.”

SNS Research estimates that service provider investments in NFV and software-defined networking will  grow at a 46 percent compound annual growth rate between last year and 2020. By the end of 2020, according to the research firm, those investments will reach beyond $18 billion.

Executive Editor, TMC

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