VHA selects Ericsson and Cisco for virtualisation of its core and IP network

17 Jan 2017

Ericsson and Cisco Systems have announced that they are to transform and virtualise the networks belonging to Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) in a development they claim will allow the mobile network operator (MNO) ‘to better prepare for new emerging services and to evolve its core network to increase the level of agility and programmability from network slicing’.

In a press release outlining the project plans, the vendors noted that they will deploy a joint architecture solution comprising Ericsson’s Hyperscale Datacenter System and software components such as Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment, Ericsson Cloud Manager, Cloud SDN controller, along with Cisco’s WAN Automation Engine, Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), IP Network VNFs including IOS XR 9000v and Cloud Services Router 1000v. According to Ericsson’s press release regarding the contract, it expects that the simplification of VHA’s infrastructure will enable the operator to benefit from having the tools to become ‘more agile, innovative and more pro-active in the way services are brought to market, ultimately resulting in improved customer engagement experience alongside reductions in OPEX and CAPEX spend’.

With the deal said to represent the first major collaboration between Ericsson and Cisco on Telecom Cloud infrastructure, it was also noted that it builds on VHA’s selection of the Swedish vendor in 2014 for the replacement and upgrade of its complete core network.

Commenting on this latest contract Kevin Millroy, VHA’s Chief Technology Officer, said: ‘Ericsson and Cisco are our existing providers of core and routing functions making them good partners to move into a virtualised environment. This transformation allows us to introduce new applications to drive innovation and improve customer services and user experience. The new infrastructure opens the door to new business models and markets, such as Internet of Things for Vodafone – we are excited about the future prospects this partnership offers.’