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Intel and ZTE extend partnership with NFV reference design

Intel and ZTE have released a network functions virtualization reference design for a containerized virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) application. The companies said Intel’s microservice-based NFV application container solutions will support ZTE in the development of vEPC applications developed, tested and verified in the cloud.

The reference design was released in a white paper, which explains that the vEPC application uses microservice design to achieve network function atomization, enabling quick delivery and flexible deployment, according to ZTE. The company said each microservice is run, upgraded and deployed separately to increase flexibility and reduce time to market.

The NFV reference design is the latest in a series of collaborations between ZTE and Intel. At Mobile World Congress 2017, ZTE said it will launch a 5G baseband unit based on Intel’s chipset architecture. Also at Mobile World Congress, ZTE said it had signed a cooperation agreement with Intel for internet of things innovation. The companies are establishing an IoT innovation lab for research and development.

Intel and ZTE are also cooperating to explore deep learning and convolutional neural networks. ZTE said deep learning is a key goal of its 5G efforts, because it wants to incoporate features like facial recognition into servers at the network edge.

“Perception, such as recognizing a face in an image, is one of the essential goals of the ZTE 5G System,” said Duan Xiangyang, vice president of ZTE Wireless Institute. Using Intel’s Arria 10 field programmable gate array, ZTE said it was able to reach a new facial recognition benchmark, processing more than a thousand images per second.

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Martha DeGrasse
Martha DeGrasse
Martha DeGrasse is the publisher of Network Builder Reports ( At RCR, Martha authored more than 20 in-depth feature reports and more than 2,400 news articles. She also created the Mobile Minute and the 5 Things to Know Today series. Prior to joining RCR Wireless News, Martha produced business and technology news for CNN and Dow Jones in New York and managed the online editorial group at Hoover’s Online before taking a number of years off to be at home when her children were young. Martha is the board president of Austin's Trinity Center and is a member of the Women's Wireless Leadership Forum.

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