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France : ALCATEL-LUCENT broadens its network virtualization

February 23, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent outlined plans to roll out a series of virtual mobile network functions in an effort to become a software player independent of hardware.

For Alcatel-Lucent the move to a software defined networking strategy is notable. Cisco has positioned itself to be more of a software player.

Alcatel-Lucent will migrate its packet core, IP multimedia subsystem and radio access network, the core components of a mobile network and move them to a cloud. The dream is to enable a virtual telecom.

The company states that its network functional virtualization (NPV) portfolio is being used by 20 carriers.

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile has more than 700 million customers, it will demonstrate virtualized LTE service. The win for carriers is that a virtual network allows them to automate a move to a new services.

Alcatel-Lucent will offer a carrier-grade virtualized mobile portfolio that will be hardware independent and connect to OpenStack, an cloud operating system.

The game plan is to get carriers on its CloudBand platform to manage virtual applications.

Alcatel-Lucent has 3 CloudBand NPV customers and 10 trials. The company's Nuage Networks software defined networking tools are being used in 20 carrier trials.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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