Monday, February 22, 2016

#MWC16: DOCOMO Runs EPC in its Own NFV

NTT DOCOMO has developed its own network function virtualization (NFV) technology that can run Evolved Packet Core (EPC) software from multiple vendors to enhance connectivity in high-volume areas. DOCOMO plans to deploy the technology on its network starting this March.

DOCOMO said it expects to virtualize many other key components of its mobile network, aiming at eventually establishing a fully virtualized network.

“Multi-vendor NFV technology, once regarded as pie in the sky, will now be deployed commercially on our mobile network,” said Seizo Onoe, DOCOMO’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “Many NFV technologies already deployed still rely on single vendor, so we expect this truly multi-vendor NFV technology will be a long-awaited game-changer in the mobile industry’s ecosystem.”