Turkcell transforms its 5G network with Mavenir solution

Turkcell transforms its 5G network with Mavenir’s cloud-native solution

16 April 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Turkcell has transformed its LTE and 5G voice network into 100% virtual infrastructures using Mavenir’s cloud-native, NFV-based IMS solution.

Mavenir’s Virtualized IMS (vIMS) solution is designed to support LTE use cases and evolve into a fully web-scale platform that can meet growing requirements.

“As Turkcell, we have reached more than 60% virtualisation in our mobile core network. To serve our customers on our unified telco cloud on the way to 5G, Virtual IMS will be a critical network transformation milestone for our NFV journey,” said Gediz Sezgin (pictured), CTO at Turkcell.

“we are looking forward to creating new revenue streams and launching new disruptive digital and advanced communication services on this single unified telco cloud. Turkcell aims for a network structure that is more stable and stronger with reduced OPEX costs. We believe that Mavenir is suitable for Turkcell’s goals with its environment independent, software-oriented solutions and innovative service approach.”

Turkcell selected Mavenir in part due to its IMS solution, but also because of its position as as the global leader in VoLTE IMS and a leader in voice and messaging services.

“We look forward to partnering with Turkcell on this most strategic Core Networking opportunity and to further advance their market-leading network on the path to 5G,” said Pardeep Kohli, president and CEO of Mavenir.

“By leveraging our expertise and experience in software-based voice and messaging solutions, we are able to help reduce time to market as well as OPEX for Turkcell, while enabling them to deliver unique new IMS-based services for their customers.”

Back in March, Mavenir entered into a business partnership with Turkcell to test and deploy OpenRAN vRAN within the Turkcell Group.

The partnership will begin with fully containerised CU/DU and Open FH with Split 7.2 in trial and planned deployments, while the virtual RAN solution will be deployed on Turkcell Telco Cloud, making it the first workload going live on Turkcell Edge Cloud.