NEC Corporation said today (22 October 2013) that it has begun sales to telecom carriers of the world’s first commercial virtualised Evolved Packet Core (vEPC).
The vEPC is a virtualised mobile core network solution that achieves network functions virtualisation (NFV) - network functions on a virtualisation infrastructure running on a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) server hardware with Intel Architecture (IA).
The solution will first be offered as one of NEC SDN solutions for the telecom carrier market first unveiled in July this year. Evolved Packet Core (EPC), the mobile core network accommodating LTE and other mobile access networks, is composed of functions such as Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (S-GW) and PDN gateway (P-GW).
NEC vEPC has succeeded in virtualising all of the functions on an IA server, while achieving carrier grade service quality and capabilities. As a result, this solution provides for telecom carrier needs, including TCO optimisation, dynamic and quick network capacity scaling and management, and rapid launch of new services that deliver new revenue sources.
Moreover, the use of a virtualisation infrastructure makes it possible to dynamically boost server resources according to network traffic volume and service trends, according to NEC. It said that furthermore, the use of IA servers significantly reduces equipment costs and procurement lead time when compared to existing dedicated hardware for mobile core network products.
NEC has delivered the vEPC as part of a communication infrastructure development project in Myanmar, with the system scheduled to launch commercial operation in December this year.
- Achieves efficient utilisation and expandability of resources due to increased communication processing
- Achieves the high-performance and high-availability qualities that telecom carriers demand in a system, even in a virtualization environment
- Achieves reduced TCO with the use of IA servers.
In recent years, telecom carriers’ networks have become increasingly complex, and to introduce new communications equipment based on traffic demand, tasks such as designing new networks and procuring dedicated hardware have required a great deal of time and money. The issue of sharply rising operational costs associated with additional capital expenditures has also emerged. This solution addresses these issues, NEC stated.