PLDT selects Nokia to enhance Virtualized Network Functions

Nokia will supply its Digital Operations software, cloud infrastructure software and AirFrame servers to enhance the network of PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications (Smart).
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The solutions will standardize PLDT and Smart’s virtualization environment for multi-vendor applications.

The deployment, which is already underway, will allow PLDT and Smart’s integrated network to cut operating costs and time to market when deploying new consumer and enterprise services, with the primary focus of significantly improving customer experience, speed of delivery, and cost of production.

Nokia will deploy its Digital Operations software to automate the round-trip lifecycle management of network functions, as well as network-facing and customer-facing services.

The solution will manage two interrelated flows. First, it will oversee the network function lifecycle from onboarding through runtime to decommissioning. Then, it will facilitate the lifecycle from design to deployment and assurance that orchestrates services and network slices across the network. This will enable PLDT and Smart to drive efficiencies into their operations processes while also becoming more agile to deliver innovative market-facing services.

Nokia will standardize PLDT and Smart’s Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) across the South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines, as the unified NFVI for the deployment of multiple vendors’ Virtualized Network Functions.

Nokia will deploy applications, operations and network management solutions across its NFVI cloud platform and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) core.

“Our deployment of Nokia’s software and infrastructure solutions has allowed us to tap into new levels of agility, flexibility and efficiency as we add innovative new offerings to complement our current market-leading consumer and enterprise services,” Mario G. Tamayo, Head of Technology at PLDT and Smart, said.

“By automating service, network and cloud operations, PLDT and Smart will be able to drive cost-savings and increase customer satisfaction,” Raghav Sahgal, President of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia, said.

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