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Ericsson Supplies Swisscom with NFV Solutions

By Clayton Hamshar February 29, 2016

More and more mobile operators are using network functions virtualization (NFV) to move their infrastructure into the cloud and enjoy more agility, greater efficiency and higher speeds. Swisscom is the latest company to jump on the NFV bandwagon, recently announcing that it will deploy telco cloud infrastructure and software-defined networking (SDN) solutions from communications specialist Ericsson to achieve this radical transformation.

In addition to improving network performance, Swisscom’s new NFV strategy will allow it to launch new services much more quickly, which enables the operator to be more responsive to customer needs. Furthermore, it will ensure that its core infrastructure is prepared to make the impendent transition to 5G technology and can scale accordingly as demand rises for the Internet of Things (IoT). The ability to create new industry applications and IoT services with a 5G-ready core will secure Swisscom’s place at the forefront of technological innovation.

“With the implementation of core elements in the cloud solution, we confirm our important and strategic partnership with Ericsson, which we have announced end of last year,” said Daniel Staub, Head of Joint Mobile Group at Swisscom. “The collaboration has already impact on main components like Radio Access and Mobile Core, now also on the Network Functions Virtualization, which will bring our customer additional benefits like simplified scaling of hardware elements as well as speed and agility in their product development.”

The solutions Ericsson will deliver under the terms of this new agreement include Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000, Cloud Execution Environment, Cloud SDN and Cloud Manager. Swisscom’s core network will be augmented by virtualized network functions (VNFs) — specifically virtual Evolved Packet Core and virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) — as well as systems integration services. Ericsson will remotely manage the VNFs via Ericsson Network Manager, which takes the burden of monitoring and troubleshooting off of Swisscom’s IT team.

“By bringing agility, efficiency and speed to networks everywhere, cloud is a key enabler of the Networked Society,” said Anders Lindblad, Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP at Ericsson. “This agreement with Swisscom is a great example of how Ericsson's cloud transformation capabilities help our customers to capture these benefits and turn them into effective differentiators.”

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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