Tele2 starts NFV rollout to cater for 5G

23 March 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Tele2 is set to move its network and IT functions to the cloud to cater for 5G, using network function virtualisation (NFV).

Tele2 logoThe operator will use NFV to embrace open source to speed service deployment and keep costs low.

“This is an important step for Tele2 in further strengthening our position as a technology frontrunner,” said Niklas Sonkin, EVP and COO of Tele2.

“We are strong believers in 5G and are actively contributing to the evolution of 5G as a member of NGMN. The 5G standard will be ready by 2020 and in the field one or two years later. Cloud and virtualisation are important building blocks in the foundation of 5G technology.”

Canonical platforms have been selected to enhance services within all its customer segments including business, consumer and Internet of Things (IoT). Canonical will provide and manage OpenStack and its VNF manager, Juju, will be used for the onboarding of new services. Huawei will be providing rack mount servers and Cisco was selected as the chosen network vendor deploying its ACI solution.

The entire data centre network will be built on a future proof spine/leaf network with modern 25Gb / 100Gb connectivity. Big data with advanced analytics will also pay a vital part of its implementation, the operator added.

Tele2 expects to have the first live application in the form of a virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) in the cloud by Q3 this year.