Telefónica deploys virtual Nokia router as it steps up UNICA project

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Telefónica Business Solutions, the Spanish operator’s B2B division, has deployed Nokia’s virtualised router technology in its live network in Spain.

It said the move would allow it to more rapidly deploy virtual private network (VPN) services for enterprise customers, and also extend its services to new off-network sites and locations in Spain and abroad.

The technology would also allow it to deploy new on-network points of presence (PoPs) to serve areas with lower customer density, it said.

Nokia joined Telefónica’s roster of suppliers to rebuild its core network in Spain in February, tasked with providing core and virtualised routers to its Fusión network.

Telefónica said the new deployment of Nokia’s virtualised service router (VSR) represents a significant step forward in the evolution of cloud-based telecoms infrastructure, and would inform its wider UNICA virtualisation project.

Javier Gavilán, Global CTO Planning and Technology Director at Telefónica, said: “We have been working together with Nokia in our NFV Reference Implementation Lab for some time in order to advance the availability of virtualised solutions and, in fact, the Virtualised Service Router was successfully tested in 2015 and the current deployment is UNICA-ready as part of the overall strategy of the company.”

Sri Reddy, 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 virtualisation, 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.”