Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced the signing of a new deal with Norway-based telecoms giant Telenor Group, under which it will transform the latter’s core network in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. In a press release regarding the matter, Ericsson noted that under the terms of the pair’s Network Function Virtualisation contract, its full portfolio of network function solutions and related services will be used to deploy Ericsson Cloud Core solutions for 5G across multiple data centres for Telenor. The upgrade includes Policy Control, virtual IMS (vIMS) and virtual User Data Consolidation (vUDC) it says, as well as lead system integration and support services.
Commenting on the deal, Morten Karlsen Sorby, Telenor’s Executive Vice President and Acting Cluster Head Scandinavia, said: ‘Ericsson’s portfolio of VNF enables Telenor to become more agile while reducing costs through improved operations. This transformational deal is an important step towards future-proofing our core network as we look towards 5G. It provides us with state-of-the-art virtual core applications that serve mobile and fixed access and extend the lifecycle of our legacy network.’