Japan’s NEC Corp has launched what it claims is the world's first virtualised mobile virtual network operator solution (vMVNO-SL) that achieves network functions virtualisation (NFV).
NEC’s vMVNO-SL can be installed with an MVNO in order to establish connectivity between an MVNO's own communication network and a carrier's mobile network. This, NEC argues, enables enhancement of security and certification, as well as control management of communication band and usage amount.
These functions are achieved using software that runs on a virtualised all-purpose Intel Architecture (IA) server, which is aimed at reducing the cost of equipment and operations. According to NEC, the solution also shortens the lead time for equipment acquisition when compared to the construction of conventional dedicated systems.
NEC said the solution will be offered as one of the company’s SDN Solutions’ NFV solutions. Software-defined networking (SDN) is one of the core domains of NEC’s “Solutions for Society,” which includes a virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) network solution and trials on virtualised Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) in collaboration with Telefonica.
“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 offers a range of MVNO services, such as traffic restrictions and filtering of communication data and collection of charging information. The system also enables flexible and prompt construction and maintenance of systems in order to satisfy the needs of as many users as possible.