Communicating in the Cloud with Orange and Nokia Networks
A partnership formed by Orange and Nokia Networks early in 2015 aims at leveraging the benefits of virtualisation applied to IMS (IP Multimedia core network Subsystem) for the operator business model and network architecture. As part of their joint 'Telco Cloud partnership', Orange and Nokia Networks recently achieved one of the first voice calls in a fully virtualised IMS experimental environment.
This anticipation work is a significant step forward in Orange's strategy to leverage the power of Cloud and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), targeting a more agile service launch, self-healing and automated operations for networks.
What Nokia brings to Orange's virtual network
Orange's proof of concept of the fully virtualized IMS solution consists of Nokia's IMS, Open TAS (Telecommunications Application Server) and Subscriber Data Management, as well as Nokia's ETSI-NFV compliant Cloud Application Manager.
This virtualised IMS solution was then used as the control plane to achieve one of the first voice calls in a fully virtualised IMS experimental environment.
Noël Foret, Core Network Vice President at Orange, said, "As early leader in this field, Orange has chosen Nokia Networks as a Telco Cloud and Virtualisation partner as part of an ambitious NFV transformation preparation project. The findings from this partnership are essential for building Orange's future network and IT infrastructure, and to prepare for operational transformation across our operations as a result of NFV."
Michael Clever, Senior Vice President of Core, Nokia Networks, said, "We are delighted to be the partner of Orange in this field. We have gained highly valuable experience from this collaboration with Orange, jointly enriching our expertise on Telco Cloud and knowledge of leading edge operator's requirements."