NEC Launches World's First Virtualized MVNO Solution
Published on: 18th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
NEC has launched what it says is the world's first virtualized Mobile Virtual Network Operator solution (vMVNO SL) that achieves Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
NEC's vMVNO-SL can be installed with an MVNO in order to establish connectivity between an MVNO's own communication network and its supplier mobile network.
These functions are achieved using software that runs on a virtualized all-purpose Intel Architecture (IA) server.
"MVNO operators are often required to introduce gateway systems in order to establish connections with carriers through the layer 2 data link," said Tsutomu Ookurano, senior manager, NEC. "This requires a large amount of time and money, which is further aggravated by facility investment and rapid increases in operational costs. Furthermore, MVNOs face demands from customers for more flexible and scalable services, such as session management, IP address management, charging data collection and security control. This new solution meets these needs and enables MVNOs to provide their original services more easily."
The solution adopts NFV to achieve a variety of network functions on a virtual infrastructure of commercial-off-the-shelf IA servers, including the MVNO-GW functions conventionally achieved by dedicated hardware. This enables customers to begin with a single-server structure and to scale out their servers depending on business needs, thereby dramatically cutting back on capital expenditures.
Moreover, this expands the range of server hardware that is available to MVNOs, enabling them to construct systems that are optimized for their business environment.
This solution enables MVNOs and Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNE) to take up contracts in a Layer 2 data link, where it costs less to establish a connection with a carrier's mobile network. Furthermore, MVNOs and MVNEs can reduce operating expenses by accommodating 3G and LTE line interfaces as well as improve a wide range of functions by simply upgrading software.