Telefonica Vivo tests AWS Outposts to deploy 5G Core technology

Telefonica has validated AWS Outposts as an infrastructure option for Vivo Brazil to deploy the 5G Core technology to offer standalone 5G services in its operations.
Vivo network BrazilTelefonica is driving the introduction of 5G standalone (SA) cloud-native platforms across its operating businesses in order to improve automation and drive new revenues. This milestone provides Telefonica Vivo with a potential path for building out its 5G network in the country and introduces new operational processes.

Vivo collaborated with Mavenir, Nokia and Oracle, which provided the network functions of the 5G SA Core, covering both control plane and user plane. The cloud native capabilities of the 5GSA core have eased the onboarding and instantiation of virtual network functions over AWS infrastructure.

The execution of these capabilities has demonstrated its correct functionality both in the AWS South America (Sao Paulo) Region and in Telefonica’s data centers (on-premises) via AWS Outposts. AWS Outposts is a managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, services, APIs, and tools to virtually any on-premises facility.

Running in both the AWS South America (Sao Paulo) Region and on AWS Outposts, Spirent’s Landslide Core Network Testing solution was able to verify both control plane functionality and high-load testing for user plane performance validation.

“Thanks to this project, Telefonica has reached a clear milestone in its 5G plans in Brazil and also for its deployment strategy in the group, where cloud native 5G platforms allow a wide range of private and public infrastructure options,” said Telefonica Cayetano Carbajo, Director of Core, Service Platforms and Transportin Telefonica CTIO.

Fabio Cerone, Managing Director, EMEA Telco, Amazon Web Services, said: “With the option to build their 5G Core on AWS, Telefonica is opening the door to leveraging AWS’s cloud services across their on-premises locations.”