It appears that NTT DoCoMo's sphere of vendors capable of supplying network functions virtualization is getting bigger. The Japanese service provider announced it has completed proof-of-concept trials using the software and equipment of six vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC and Nokia Networks.
Sales of software-defined networking gear for Data Centers is on the rise and will likely jump 65 percent this year, according to new research from the Dell'Oro Group.
Korea Telecom is the latest service provider to make a shot in the emerging network functions virtualization (NFV) battle, employing a mix of Alcatel-Lucent and its Nuage Networks subsidiary's software defined networking (SDN) platforms.
Alcatel-Lucent said it plans to collaborate with Korea Telecom (KT) on the development and adoption of a "comprehensive Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)-based infrastructure", as interest in both NFV and software-defined networks (SDN) continues to drive industry-wide network developments.
Alcatel-Lucent is giving its service provider and enterprise customers a chance to figure out new potential broadband and cloud-based services by opening a new network center in Tokyo.
AMD took the wraps off its 64-bit ARMv8 system-on-chip (SoC) that is designed for network function virtualization (NFV), showcasing the processor running virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC) applications during the ARM TechCon event in Santa Clara, Calif.
A broad array of wireless carriers and network vendors have joined together to create an open-source group to accelerate deployments of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. The group, called the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), aims to deliver a carrier-grade, integrated, open-source reference platform in an effort to create new NFV products and services.
The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is making its own play in the network virtualization industry with a new network as a service (NaaS) initiative called the "Third Network," one that could potentially complement or challenge existing efforts to develop SDN and NFV by focusing on connectivity services.
Radisys rolled out new wireless infrastructure platforms aimed at enabling mobile operators to virtualize data plane processing, as opposed to the more commonly targeted control plane processing.
LAS VEGAS--All of the world's Tier 1 mobile operators are putting network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives into place and will start focusing their capital expenditures on NFV Mobile in 2015, said Keith Allan, director of IP mobile core product strategy at Alcatel-Lucent.