Alcatel-Lucent works with Korea’s KT to accelerate the shift to NFV

Technical collaboration agreement will apply Alcatel-Lucent’s integrated NFV product including virtualised EPC, CloudBand NFV and Nuage Networks SDN platforms to drive NFV adoption in Korea

Alcatel-Lucent works with Korea’s KT to accelerate the shift to NFV

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a technical collaboration agreement with KT, the largest communication service provider in Korea, to drive innovation and the adoption of a comprehensive Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)-based infrastructure.

The collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent forms part of KT’s efforts to evolve its Giga Network, in which NFV will underpin the development of a new architecture to increase efficiency, lower costs and increase cloud products.

The use of NFV is seen as key to increasing efficiency and to accelerate product deployment and service creation flexibility. Together, KT and Alcatel-Lucent will create an NFV proof-of-concept that includes Alcatel-Lucent’s:

•    Virtualised Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) systems to provide advanced service delivery capabilities
•    CloudBand NFV platform for the management of the NFV environment
•    Nuage Networks Virtualised Services Platform (VSP) for software defined networking (SDN) to consolidate and automate the network.

HongBeom Jeon, Head of Technology Infra Laboratory Center, KT said: “KT is happy to collaborate on our NFV proof of concept with Alcatel-Lucent who has been delivering open and integrated NFV and SDN products. We expect this collaboration will help us create converged services for Gigatopia era and develop new revenue generation models.”

Chi Il Yoo, Head of Alcatel-Lucent Korea said: “Alcatel-Lucent and KT share a vision of the strategic importance of virtualization and cloud infrastructure and service formation. We look forward to helping KT transition its EPC network functions to operate in an NFV/SDN environment.  

“Combining vEPC, CloudBand and Nuage Networks VSP for SDN provides an innovative architectural model to answer the demand for next generation application workloads and to optimize CAPEX and OPEX for delivering KT’s mobile broadband services.”

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