Telefónica’s UNICA architecture strategy for network virtualisation
28 July 2017 | Research
Report | PDF (28 pages) | Automated Assurance| Video and Identity Platforms| Service Design and Orchestration| Network Automation and Orchestration| Digital Infrastructure Strategies| Next-Generation Wireless Networks
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This Analysys Mason white paper explains Telefónica’s network virtualisation or ‘Telco Cloud’ programme, including the foundational architecture that Telefónica is deploying to support future networks based on network function virtualisation/software-defined networking (NFV/SDN) technologies.
The paper summarises the progress that the company is making in implementing NFV/SDN, from its starting point as an innovation project to the extensive programme that is today, with live deployments.
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Telefόnica was one of the first operators to recognise the potential of changing network architecture to incorporate cloud technologies, general-purpose hardware and a programmable network control plane.
The company understood that this combination of technologies could radically transform both the cost basis and, more strategically, the capabilities and revenue-generating potential of the network.
Telefόnica envisages operating a network that is fully virtualised and programmable, and which enables the company to cost-efficiently and flexibly align capacity with demand, simplify network complexity and reduce time to market for new service delivery.
As a result of its early investigations into network virtualisation, Telefόnica became a founding member of the ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) on NFV in January 2013 and is also pursuing SDN as a critical enabler for NFV.
As well as helping to define network virtualisation on an industry basis through ETSI and other initiatives, the company is also applying NFV internally.