Swedish telecom operator Tele2 launched its network functions virtualization strategy, which it hopes will help the company to have the first live application in the form of a virtual evolved packet core (EPC) in cloud by the third quarter of 2016.
NFV will enable it to offer a wider range of services in the enterprise and Internet of Things segment. Tele2 might also need to evolve its analytics and big data strategy.
“This is an important step for Tele2 in further strengthening our position as a technology frontrunner. We are strong believers in 5G and are actively contributing to the evolution of 5G as a member of NGMN. The 5G standard will be ready by 2020 and in the field one or two years later. Cloud and virtualization are important building blocks in the foundation of 5G technology,” says Niklas Sonkin, EVP and COO, Tele2 AB.
Tele2 selected Canonical’s BootStack cloud management platform, which is based on OpenStack’s open source cloud computing software. Canonical will also supply its Juju service modeling tool, which is designed to allow service providers to configure, manage and deploy new cloud-based services.
Huawei will supply the rack mount servers, while Cisco will provide its ACI solution. The Swedish operator said the entire data center network will be built on a future proof spine/leaf network with modern 25Gb/100Gb connectivity.
Tele2 claims to have 14 million subscribes in nine countries. It offers mobile services, fixed broadband and telephony, data network services, content services and global machine-to-machine/IoT solutions.