Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core
Ericsson is industrializing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for improved deployment flexibility, built for the most demanding environments. Ericsson’s virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) provides tested and validated solutions addressing a large number of vertical use-cases thereby opening up new operator opportunities.
Operators are looking for ways to increase capacity, coverage and at same time ensure that their businesses KPIs are met.They are demanding a better environment for innovations to be able to try out and to accelerate the introduction of new services at a lower total cost of ownership. They want efficient networks and operations where services can be deployed quickly and effortlessly while having the tools to deploy and offer new services.
The benefits of Ericsson‘s virtual EPC include all the benefits of NFV, but with the Ericsson differentiation – a complete end-to-end solution, meaning virtualization of all EPC components. We provide full feature compatibility with native EPC, maintaining our EPC leadership with best in class compatibility with surrounding systems from devices and RAN to charging systems and services. Native and virtual network nodes will coexist seamlessly in areas such as pool, geo redundancy and load sharing.
We have experience from more than 30 virtual EPC engagements, including trials, PoC and contracts since Q3 2013. Ericsson’s virtual EPC provides tested and validated solutions addressing a large number of vertical use-cases. Key initial network services include:
The complete Ericsson virtual EPC portfolio is commercially available since Q4 2014. It enables an unprecedented scalability and flexibility from small-scale local deployments to large-scale datacenter deployments. This means that virtual EPC can be deployed in large centralized datacenters but also distributed close to the radio network.
Building on the market leading EPC applications we provide smooth, seamless migration paths with unique features across legacy and virtualized network nodes. All to support simplified operations and fast time to service for the network services.
A successful deployment of a virtualized function depends on the solution completeness as well as solution openness. Ericsson’s virtual EPC is supported on Ericson Cloud System but also on validated 3:rd party execution environments. Multi-vendor PoC has successfully been announced with NTT DOCOMO.