Telefónica deploys Nokia's VSR solution

04 November 2016 | James Pearce


Telefónica deployed Nokia’s virtualised service router in a live network, in an attempt to increase its network reach and accelerate deployment of virtual private network (VPN) services.

The Spanish operator’s Business Solutions arm said the deployment of Nokia’s VSR in a Provider Edge application for fixed networks was a “significant step forward” in the evolution of telecoms infrastructure.

It means Telefónica can now deploy and configure vPEs, expanding their VPN offerings o new locations more rapidly. It will also allow the operator to deploy on-net points of presence in areas with lower customer density.

Telefónica said it will also use the technology to deploy new PoPs in both Spain and other countries, although locations were not revealed.

Javier Gavilán, Telefónica's global CTO planning and technology director, said: "We have been working together with Nokia in our NFV Reference Implementation Lab for some time in order to advance the availability of virtualized solutions and, in fact, the Virtualized Service Router was successfully tested in 2015 and the current deployment is UNICA-ready as part of the overall strategy of the company."

The news comes just weeks after Nokia helped Telefónica achieve 4G download speeds of up to 800Mbps in network tests carried out with Qualcomm. It has also been involved in the process of upgrading the Spanish firm’s 4G network across its home market.

General manager for Nokia's IP routing business, said: "When multinational companies want to extend their VPNs - or add capacity to those already deployed - speed, performance and reliability are all essential. 

“Telefónica has taken a leadership role in virtualization, and with the certification and deployment of the Nokia VSR, they are well positioned to expand the range and reach of their VPN services and address their customers' evolving needs."