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Oracle launches new NFV product to speed up LTE deployments

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Oracle has launched a new NFV product that it said will help operators to quickly launch new VoLTE and RCS products.

The company is the latest vendor looking to capitalise on the embryonic virtualisation market, as operators look to implement the technology after holding a series of tests. Advocates of NFV have said the products will ultimately allow operators to be more efficient in how they run their networks.

Oracle's updated Communications Core Session Manager allows operators to virtualise their networks, which Oracle said would help to reduce equipment costs and make the building of new services quicker and easier.

As well as the ability to launch new network services, the product, which is compliant with 3GPP standards, can help operators coordinate signaling between applications, policy servers and subscriber databases. It can also handle route signaling between the network access and the edge.

Oracle said the product can scale across data centres, allowing it to be used by both market leading operators and smaller players. It can also support a range of different types of subscriber database and authentication.

Further, it can help different types of session initiation protocol based infrastructure elements to work together, such as application servers, media servers and gateways and session border controllers. It said this can help operators to deploy, scale and reuse its infrastructure assets.

Bhaskar Gorti, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Communications, commented: "NFV represents a huge opportunity for service providers to consolidate network infrastructure, lower costs and open their networks to new players. Oracle Communications Core Session Manager provides immediate access to NFV functionality, while offering leading edge core session control capabilities to help protect network borders."