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Telefonica and Ericsson partner to virtualize networks

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Ericsson and Telefonica have announced the launch of a joint R&D program to understand, in depth, the challenges and opportunities in network transformation during the coming decade, specifically in the areas of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and service provider Software Defined Networking (SDN).

At the center of this initiative is the need to build more flexible and cost-efficient solutions, as well as to enable networks as true platforms for innovation.

Enrique Blanco, Telefonica Global CTO, said: "Network virtualization brings unique opportunities to address current and upcoming challenges while building a more sustainable network model. This collaboration with Ericsson will help us to advance this future network."

Telefonica and Ericsson will define a joint view on how the transformation of networks should take place, sharing a common outlook on the order in which network functions will be virtualized and which applications are likely to give the most benefit. Critical considerations to take into account to maintain performance of the network when virtualizing it will be also defined.

The joint initiative aims to guide standardization and industry bodies, and to provide an important contribution to establishing a cross-industry view of what is needed to take virtualization from theory to reality.

The Telefonica-Ericsson R&D program includes collaboration in deep-dive technical investigations and testing, addressing areas such as network transformation and migration, virtualization of network functions, network security, SDN technology as well as network virtualization infrastructure, management and orchestration. The collaboration details the Telefonica network architecture and shapes the Ericsson portfolio of products and solutions.

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