Alcatel-Lucent, Telefonica collaborate on NFV tech development

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Telefónica have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to test network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies with a focus on enhancing network performance and efficiencies.

Telefónica had previously set the stage for this collaboration as the service provider tested Alcatel-Lucent's Virtualized Service Router in its NFV Reference Lab using the OpenMANO NFV orchestration stack.

According to Telefónica and Alcatel-Lucent, results reached 100-percent line-rate performance, which allowed data to be transported with zero losses. Over the coming months, the pair will test other elements of Alcatel-Lucent's NFV portfolio.

Since the Alcatel-Lucent Service Router Operator System is supported and managed by the 5620 Service Aware Manager, service providers such as Telefónica can deploy it alongside existing hardware-based routers.

This new MOU renews and expands the two companies' February 2014 agreement which applied Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand platform to advance NFV implementation. Through this latest agreement, Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica will investigate how mobile networks can be transformed to meet demands being placed on them by the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine communications and increased customer connectivity.

During the next phase of their collaboration, Telefónica and Alcatel-Lucent will test the VSR in a production environment as well as testing other elements of Alcatel-Lucent's NFV portfolio including the virtualized evolved packet core, virtualized Session Border Controller and the vCPE.

Another part of their partnership focuses on the OSS and back office. Beginning in 2012, Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica hatched plans to streamline the telco's OSS using Alcatel-Lucent's Motive Automated Operations & Recovery service assurance.

While NFV is still a relatively nascent concept amongst most service providers, this collaboration shows that Tier 1 service provider interest is growing.

A recent Dell'Oro report revealed that despite the immaturity of NFV platforms, the industry is continuing to push hard on development and service providers have changed their conversations around the technology from "if it will happen to 'when' it will happen" with signs that large deployments will happen in the next 12 months.

For more:
- see the release

Related articles:
Alcatel-Lucent's 2015 turnaround may become a reality
Alcatel-Lucent Q1 rises to $4.2 billion on strong North America, VDSL2 sales
Alcatel-Lucent aims core, edge routers at large enterprises, content providers


Like this story? Subscribe to FierceTelecom!

The Telecom industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Our subscribers rely on FierceTelecom as their must-read source for the latest news, analysis and data on the intersection of telecom and media. Sign up today to get telecom news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

Suggested Articles

The battle for SD-WAN supremacy remains fierce among vendors with VMware, Cisco and Fortinet holding down the top-three spots in Q3 market share.

Broadband remains a key asset as the coronavirus surges across the globe, which has led to a speedier transition to 1-Gig services.

Lumen CTO Andrew Dugan believes enterprise CIOs are turning to edge compute because it provides better performance for their applications.