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Vodafone Germany Leverages VMware's NFV Solution to Launch VoLTE Services

By CIOReview | Monday, May 11, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has appeared as a panacea to the communication service providers’ (CSPs) woes as they can now launch new services quickly in a cost effective manner through NFV. VMware recently announced its own variant of NFV solution called VMware vCloud for NFV that supports 40 different virtual network functions (VNFs) from more than 30 vendors. The virtualization company has now announced that Vodafone Germany has deployed VMware vCloud for NFV platform to support Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services over Germany’s sophisticated wireless network.

As an agile infrastructure that is ready for production across different workloads, VMware vCloud for NFV comes with integrated OpenStack support that Telcos (Telecommunication service providers) can leverage to launch newer services swiftly.

Vodafone leverages vCloud for NFV platform to support its VNFs from multiple network application vendors that combine to create the end-to-end VoLTE service. The end result for the customer is high quality voice transmission, lower call setup time and lower energy consumption on smartphones.

"Vodafone is continuously improving its state-of-the-art infrastructure to optimize the customer experience, which is why it is the first German carrier to roll out Voice over LTE," said Rui Frazao, Director Network Engineering, Vodafone Germany. "By making the decision to own and manage our own platform and deploying VMware virtualization technology as the basis of our NFV infrastructure. Vodafone has been able to combine the best Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) from different vendors on a single platform, and to bring high-value services to market more quickly."