Ericsson has announced the successful launch of a multi-vendor NFV solution using Ericsson’s open NFV platform on the commercial network of NTT DOCOMO, INC. on March 9. The launch represents the first commercial deployment of this kind in the world, Ericsson said.
The Ericsson NFV platform provides interoperability and connectivity with any carrier class virtualized network function and SDN. Based on an open architecture, the solution consists of the OpenStack-based Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment as the virtualization platform and the NFV orchestrator, Ericsson Cloud Manager. In addition, Ericsson provided system integration and support services. The solution initially supports a multi-vendor virtual EPC deployment.
Ericsson’s open NFV platform can run any network functions from Ericsson as well as third parties, and provides the highest levels of performance, reliability, operation, and maintenance capabilities. The new virtualized environment enables NTT DOCOMO to accelerate the delivery of new services over a stable and interoperable network.
Airbiquity, a provider of connected car services, announced its support for SmartDeviceLink (SDL), a content integration approach promising to increase automaker access to infotainment applications for connected car programs with reduced implementation complexity. SDL uses pre-defined templates that are shared between applications, and has recently become a candidate for standardized content integration.
ExteNet Systems, Inc., a provider of distributed networks enabling indoor and outdoor mobile connectivity, announced its role in providing mobile connectivity for fans at the upcoming 2016 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, scheduled through April 5.
ExteNet’s multi-carrier distributed networks will enable advanced broadband wireless service and multimedia capabilities at five prominent venues hosting the 2016 NCAA tournament games including Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana; Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York; Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island; Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Wells Fargo Arena (part of Iowa Events Center) in Des Moines, Iowa.
Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with KUKA, a robot technology company, to develop smart manufacturing solutions for industrial markets in Europe and China.
Research and development will be central to the new partnership. Key areas of R&D include the use of small cell Internet of Things (IoT), wireless and 5G networks, as well as big data solutions in manufacturing and factory environments and the deployment of Huawei’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions to develop cloud-hosted smart manufacturing services. In addition, KUKA and Huawei will set up a joint intuitive robot programming team to explore the use of imitative deep learning in advanced manufacturing environments.
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