Swedish vendor Ericsson and Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica have announced that they will continue a partnership aimed at transforming the latter’s global networks, extending an agreement originally reached between the two companies back in 2013. With a view to ‘executing on the results that [the initial deal] provided’, a press release confirming the extended partnership noted that the focus of the partnership is on network transformation, including finishing an ongoing network virtualisation total cost of ownership (TCO) study. Telefonica and Ericsson will reportedly jointly work on a Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) roadmap that will prepare the first migration steps, with steps to include the setting up of a multi-vendor cloud environment to test Ericsson virtualised network functions (VNFs) on top of a cloud infrastructure, including the possibility of using Ericsson VNF Orchestrator.
As per the initial memorandum of understanding (MoU) struck in 2013, Telefonica and Ericsson agreed to launch a joint R&D program to explore and understand the challenges and opportunities in network virtualisation, with a specific areas of interest being NFV and service provider software defined networking (SDN).
Commenting on the updated deal, Enrique Blanco, Global CTO at Telefonica, was cited as saying: ‘The co-operation that we entered into with Ericsson in 2013 has been very fruitful, and we are excited to continue the great work we have done together and begin to implement some of our findings. At Telefonica, we are convinced that network virtualisation will help to improve TCO efficiency and improve our service agility.’