NTT DOCOMO conducts NFV trial with six major vendors

15 Oct 2014

Light Reading reports that Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO has successfully completed proof-of-concept (PoC) trials to verify the feasibility of so-called ‘Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)’ technology, using the software and equipment of six major equipment vendors, namely: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, and Nokia Networks. In a release the operator said that the PoC trials will help it analyse and optimise technologies for the introduction of next generation virtualised mobile networks. Network virtualisation is expected to offer a number of key advantages to operators, such as providing ‘operational sustainability with improved connectivity for dense data traffic and during natural disasters, as well as in the event of hardware failure’. It also will accelerate delivery of new services and drive more efficient infrastructure investment, DOCOMO said.