Orange has teamed up with Nokia Networks to install a fully virtualised IMS solution, as ARM became the latest company to launch a portfolio of virtualised products.
Orange and Nokia's Telco Cloud partnership consists of a fully virtualised proof of concept comprising Nokia's IP multimedia core network subsystem, open telecommunications application server and subscriber data management, as well as the vendor's ETSI-NFV compliant cloud application manager.
Orange said it has used the solution to hold a voice call in fully virtualised conditions.
Noël Foret, Core Network Vice President at Orange, described the NFV transformation preparation project as "ambitious".
He added: "The findings from this partnership are essential for building Orange's future network and IT infrastructure, and to prepare for operational transformation across our operations as a result of NFV."
Meanwhile, ARM has launched new system-on-chips to support operators' shift to software defined networking and network function virtualisation. A range of partners, including Cavium, Marvell and APM, will use the new technology to power flexible cloud environmentsthrough a common software layer.
Charlene Marini, Vice-President, Segment Marketing, ARM, said: “The underlying network infrastructure that supports our mobile and connected world is undergoing a dramatic shift.
"The scalability of ARM technology, combined with the networking systems expertise of our partners is increasing node intelligence and configurability, laying a new foundation for software-defined functions and applications.
"The move to the ARM architecture is underway, enabling new possibilities for an intelligent flexible cloud from device to data centre.”