Ericsson unveils new router to support NFV, SDN, and video services

EricssonEricsson has unveiled the new Router 8801, the latest addition to Ericsson’s flagship subscriber management portfolio, designed to accelerate the adoption of cloud and video services in today’s increasingly connected environment.

Router 8801 is a high performing ultra-compact 240 Gbps 1RU router which supports distributed Broadband Network Gateway (BNG), distributed cloud gateway, distributed provider edge and hyper-scale Open Flow switch with integrated inline high touch applications, the company said.

Router 8801 runs powerful in-house smart network processor SNP 4000, delivering open platform with application aware and subscriber aware characteristics that enable personalized services for additional revenue streams.

Glen Hunt with Current Analysis says, “Operators are looking to transform their networks by using the best combination of available options such as purpose-built hardware, NFV and SDN to support stringent subscriber requirements in an optimal manner.”

“Deployment of Router 8801 will bring service activation point closer to subscribers, minimize latency and will also become a critical component in making the networks future-proof,” Hunt added.

Arne Sjule, head of Product Area IP routing, Ericsson says, “Exponential traffic and the growth of over-the-top applications are forcing service providers to scale their network. Router 8801 is cost optimized for disaggregated deployment scenarios which makes it attractive for next generation distributed cloud architecture.”

The solution will give network operators the ability to meet rapidly increasing demand for advanced services by supporting today’s network requirements and also future growth in terms of speed, devices and applications, Sjule said.

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