Cisco and NEC Corporation announced that Telefonica Vivo is deploying an automated, 5G-ready IP network for its converged mobile and fixed networks as part of the Fusion Network Project in Brazil.
Cisco and NEC have been closely collaborating in Brazil for over 10 years and now are a part of a Global System Integrator Agreement (GSIA) signed in 2020, enabling them to seamlessly deploy an automated transport 5G-ready network for Telefonica Vivo.
Telefonica designed the Fusion Network Project as a platform for incorporating services into a single network infrastructure, offering advanced communications services, and transforming the customer experience.
Cisco and NEC will work together to optimize Telefonica Vivo’s total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility by simplifying its network architecture and operations, converging mobile and fixed networks, and automating multi-layer networks across packet, optical and microwave domains. Segment Routing IPv6 will be implemented to enable a unified architecture with network slicing capabilities.
The simplification and automation of a multi-domain, multi-layer converged network coupled with segment routing, will increase Telefonica Vivo’s network scalability and flexibility as it prepares to launch 5G. The Fusion Network Architecture will provide the scalability and flexibility needed to design and deliver new services.
Cisco will provide network equipment including ASR 9000 and NCS540 series routers for IP transport, Cisco Crosswork Network Controller as the multi-vendor SDN solution, and Cisco Crosswork Hierarchical Controller to enable multi-vendor and multi-layer automation within the Fusion Network domain.
Cisco will serve as the key networking advisor, while NEC will serve as the key network integrator and provide local engineering capabilities with 5G xHaul transformation services to deliver a scalable migration for thousands of nodes.
“Since the transport network will play a key role in supporting customer experiences and services built on 5G, we needed trusted partners with a solid track record and local delivery capabilities,” said Elmo Matos, Planning Director, Telefonica Vivo.