Operators face a Catch-22 with virtualisation technologies, caught between the pressure to transform their business and the need to make sure whatever changes they make actually work, the chairman of the i3forum has said.
NTT DOCOMO has used Ericsson's cloud platform to launch what has been claimed is the world's first commercial, multi-vendor NFV solution.
NEC has deployed a virtualised evolved packet core and a virtual network function manager on Japanese operator NTT DOCOMO's commercial network.
Vimpelcom is planning to take its virtualisation plans to Russia later this year, after announcing a wide-ranging project at this year's Mobile World Congress.
The OPNFV virtualisation project has launched the second version of its virtualisation demo platform, offering enhanced test capabilities and new features.
Cisco has launched a new network functions virtualisation (NFV) solution it claims can reduce the total cost of ownership of network infrastructure by as much as 40 per cent.
Telefónica and Intel have announced a joint project to research and test pre-standard 5G technologies.
Swisscom has appointed Ericsson to overhaul its core network in Switzerland.
VimpelCom will virtualise its entire network infrastructure across 4G, 3G and 2G services in five markets in 2016.
Italian network operator TIM has tested virtual Radio Access Network (vRAN) technology with US solutions provider Altiostar at its labs in Turin, the company announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Orange has demonstrated how NFV and SDN capabilities can be delivered in on-demand networks using solutions from multiple vendors.
Ericsson and Nokia have announced fresh deployments and products in virtualisation ahead of Mobile World Congress.
Proximus has replaced its legacy SMSC and SMS firewall with a virtualised environment, capping the end of an 11-month project with Openmind Networks, while Swisscom has deployed a network operations monitor.
Telefónica and Huawei have successfully migrated commercial traffic over a software-defined IP and optical network during a trial in Peru.
Telstra has boosted its global Software Defined Networking platform by adding a new online marketplace for virtual network functions as well as a quicker way to connect with digital products.
Competing mobile industry standards bodies have united to agree on a common approach to information modelling in network functions virtualisation, amid fears it is too fragmented.
NEC has revealed it is working with Intel on a joint proof of concept trial to virtualise the functions of mobile base stations.
Alcatel-Lucent is enhancing its virtualised RAN programme by signing collaboration agreements with Red Hat, Advantech and 6WIND.
Nokia Networks, ARM and software and services company Enea have established a new initiative that aims to establish an open IP stack for software defined networking (SDN).
Telecom Italia and Nokia Network will work together to uncover start-ups working on NFV, SDN, and next-generation RAN and SON technologies.
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