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Virgin Media O2 selects VMware to modernize its network and boost 5G

As part of the deal, Virgin Media O2 will implement VMware Telco Cloud Infrastructure U.K. carrier Virgin Media O2 has selected VMware for the modernization of its network and to enable the continued rollout of its 5G network. In a release, Virgin Media O2 said it...

Verizon completes end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session

The fully virtualized 5G data session was completed with support from Samsung, Intel and Wind River Verizon is laying claim to the completion of the world’s first end-to-end — meaning from the core of the network to the far edge of the network — fully...

Rakuten Mobile opens Singapore office, plans US expansion

Rakuten looking to sell virtualized network architecture as a platform New Japanese market entrant Rakuten Mobile, a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Rakuten, has established its international headquarters in Singapore, the operator said in a release. The new hub will serve as the company’s development center for...

Mobile operators are moving rapidly towards 5G deployment: Report

45% of survey respondents said their companies are “moving rapidly” towards 5G commercial deployment In a recent survey conducted by Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network in partnership with A10 Networks, mobile service providers reported substantial progress in the deployment of commercial 5G networks, with most...

Carriers, vendors ramp up open RAN collaboration

Virtualized, open RAN meant to take cost out of network deployments Focused on the goal of delivering fully disaggregated, multi-vendor radio access network sites, the Open Test and Integration Center will serve as a sandbox for vendors and carriers to explore interoperability and validation of...

From 5G network automation to building a ‘self-operating network’

DevOps reorgs are consistent challenge to network automation efforts Operators around the world are rolling out commercial 5G services with a current focus on delivering an enhanced mobile broadband experience to consumers with compatible devices. But, as the technology set matures and the specifications for...

Rakuten to deploy 4,000 edge servers for virtualized mobile network: Report

  Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten expects to deploy a total of 4,000 edge servers in Japan for the launch of its virtualized mobile network, the company’s chairman and CEO, Hiroshi Mikitani said in an interview with CNBC. The executive said that Rakuten does not have to deploy brand...

Automating the network—let’s go! (Reader Forum)

Virtualization and software-defined networks have been the industry’s pre-occupation for almost a decade. It’s all part of a journey toward the deployment of 5G, which will be our next focus for the coming decade. Along the way, one of the key dimensions of the...

Spotlight on AT&T: Update on densification ahead of 5G launch

AT&T to launch mobile 5G in 12 markets by year-end During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona when RCR Wireless News last spoke to Gordon Mansfield, AT&T's vice president of converged access and device technology said his "number one focus and priority" was overseeing the network build...

Spirent talks automating service assurance for 5G

The pending commercialization and future expansion of 5G creates a number of challenges for operators, service assurance chief among them—given the massive infrastructure investment, it's imperative to understand the quality of new services. As this shift plays out with U.S. operators leading the charge,...

Building on a foundation of virtualization

Network virtualization investments often start with the EPC Last week T-Mobile US announced it worked with Cisco to deploy the "world's largest" virtualized evolved packet core covering some 70 million subscribers. This is part of a five-year arrangement between the two companies that speaks to...

NFV — The need for virtualized acceleration and offloads (Reader Forum)

The ideas around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), each in their own right, have been around in the industry for many years. They have garnered significant interest in the marketplace as methods to break the vertical market stranglehold that vendors have...

Ericsson expert discusses path to network slicing

Network virtualization and automation will give way to network slicing 42—in addition to being the answer to life, the universe and everything, it's also how many virtual network slices will be deployed as 5G continues to evolve, according to Henrik Basilier of Ericsson. In a recent...

Analyst Angle: Rural connectivity hinges on software as much as access

Rural connectivity schemes typically focus on on overcoming last mile issues, oftentimes at the expense of figuring out answers to the myriad of other challenges related to backhaul, core, OSS/BSS With 5G being seen as a way of enabling gigabit fixed wireless connectivity, there seems...

AT&T tracking to meet 2018 network virtualization goal

Open source DNOS part of network virtualization efforts Since the days of Domain 2.0, AT&T has set ambitious goals for its network virtualization efforts. The operator finished 2017 with 55% of its network virtualized and Chris Rice, SVP of Network Cloud & Infrastructure, said in an...

Orange Poland building 5G brick by brick

Automation and 5G network slicing will create opportunities for operators and end users Orange Poland, a subsidiary of French multinational telecom operator Orange, was the first of the service provider's national businesses to test open source network management and operations software, and is building the...

Analyst Angle: Clash of the Titans — who will lead in virtualized application networks?

Virtualization of mobile networks must first occur in operators' IT Networks and support processes before it can be made widely available to customers as either a reformulation of current service offerings or new horizontal and vertical market offerings. Gating factors include the availability of...

Netscout Q&A: Service assurance in the age of network virtualization

Dynamic service assurance is needed to support IoT and 5G In an interview with RCR Wireless News during Mobile World Congress 2018, John English, Netscout Systems product line manager, explained the challenges operators face in maintaining service assurance as they virtualize infrastructure to gradually automate...

Merging the best of the cloud and the network (Reality Check)

  We are at the beginning of a revolution that is changing how we live, work and relate to each other. According to Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, we are entering the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Connecting everyone and...

Core virtualization leads Sunrise digital transformation

The Swiss telco is working with Huawei on a five-year virtualization, transformation initiative HONG KONG--Swiss telecommunications operator Sunrise Telecom has been making progress towards the virtualization of its core network within the last six months, the telco’s Head of Commercial Management and Infrastructure Marc...

Highlights from AT&T’s second quarter results

AT&T talks up bundles, FirstNet in second quarter call AT&T is seeing bundles result in its lowest-ever recorded postpaid churn, the company indicated as it reported its second quarter results. The carrier's net additions continue to be driven largely by internet of things devices and...

Different types of virtualization

Network virtualization has taken the telecom industry by storm, enabling operators to create virtual versions of devices and resources typically reserved for proprietary hardware. Numerous benefits are anchored to the idea, including reducing operating costs, eliminating downtime and providing greater agility, to name just...

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