Alcatel-Lucent and Telefonica sign MoU to test NFV

08 July 2015 |


Alcatel-Lucent and Telefonica have signed a memorandum of understanding to test network functions virtualisation (NFV) as the operator seeks to evolve its network.

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent and Telefonica will investigate how mobile networks can be transformed to support growing demand fuelled by the internet of things (IoT), machine-to-machine communications (M2M). 

"We are pleased to continue our work with Alcatel-Lucent on the use of NFV technologies to transform future networks,” said Enrique Blanco Global, CTO at Telefonica. 

“We have already seen an outstanding performance in the testing of Alcatel-Lucent's VSR, showing that it delivers comparable performance to hardware-based routers. Use of these technologies will open up new opportunities as we continue innovating to exceed our customer's expectations."

The latest deal demonstrates a continuing collaboration between the two companies. Telefonica has already tested Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualised service router in its NFV reference lab using the OpenMANO NFV orchestration stack. The companies claim the results achieved 100% line-rate performance which allowed data to be transported with zero losses.