Ericsson, LG Uplus in trials for cloud-enabled NFV and SDN

LG Uplus
Telecom network maker Ericsson today said it would add cloud capabilities to accelerate the virtual transition of LG Uplus, a South Korean wireless operator, to NFV and SDN.

Cloud Manager integrated with the Ericsson Software Defined Networking (SDN) Controller enables service rollouts with better agility and a lower operational cost.

The telecom equipment company said that the single solution includes Ericsson Cloud Manager and SDN Controller to orchestrate service and cloud infrastructure management, and to provide NFV management and SDN control. LG Uplus, as part of its 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) network evolution strategy, is conducting the trials with the new solution in South Korea.

“Our Core Network 5G evolution strategy relies on carrier-grade, multi-domain SDN functions and end-to-end orchestration that conform to the dynamic and transient nature of 5G mobile services,”  Changkil Jo, head of Network Development Center, LG Uplus.

LG Uplus believes that Ericsson’s integrated SDN and policy-based cloud management solution makes mobile cloud management easy in order to offer cost-effective mobile services to customers.

Ove Anebygd, head of Solution Area OSS/BSS, Business Unit Support Solutions, Ericsson, said: “Our customers’ strategic plans include moving as quickly as feasible to dynamic virtual environments for fast time-to-market and reduced operating costs.”

The integration provides a cost-effective transition to virtualization by enabling management of hybrid environments from a single control point.

Telecom operators can access network services and virtual network functions in distributed clouds connected over SDN-enabled and other traditional networks, and orchestrate the provisioning, activation, optimization and decommissioning of cloud infrastructure resources and network connectivity from one system.