Sponsored By: Red Hat
The Modern Telco is Open, Part 2: Virtual Central Office (vCO) in an Open Telco World
Transforming a telco’s business to compete in today’s disruptive cloud world is necessary to remain competitive, but often challenging. Modern telcos are investing in emerging open source, cloud-native technologies to deploy new services and applications on modern, distributed 5G architectures.
Telcos deploy many critical networking services today in thousands of central offices (COs) for their cable, fiber, DSL, mobile and business customers. Network services in a central office have traditionally been built using proprietary, complex and single-function boxes. That’s not all — many new services moving into COs, making them a key component of a telecom operator’s strategy, include:
- Virtual radio access networks (Virtual RAN / vRAN): To optimize precious radio resources while scaling mobile service growth
- Multi-access edge computing (MEC) applications: Augmented/virtual reality, connected cars, and industrial IoT require a low-latency, high-bandwidth, cloud-edge compute infrastructure close to the user.
- Virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE) services: Connecting branches has always been expensive — requiring fixed-function boxes and manual configuration. Virtualizing and selectively moving these functions into the CO improves agility and slashes operator costs.
- Ian Hood, Chief Technologist, Global Telco, Red Hat
- Azhar Sayeed, Chief Architect, Red Hat
- Hanen Garcia Gamardo, Technical Solutions Manager, Telco, Red Hat
- Dan Meyer, Senior Editor, SDxCentral
This webinar is sponsored by Red Hat and Intel. Red Hat and Intel have collaborated on NFVi Select Solutions—optimized, verified NFV solutions backed by a broad partner ecosystem—to help telco carriers build, launch, and validate revenue-generating services more quickly while reducing network infrastructure and operations costs.