Telefónica and Nokia embark on a virtual route to the cloud

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Finnish kit vendor Nokia must be virtually delighted, after Telefónica went ahead with a deployment of its virtualized router technology.

Nokia will obviously be singing the praises of what its new virtualized Provider Edge (vPE) routers can do, and why Telefónica is all over it. Supposedly, Telefónica will be looking to increase its network reach, accelerate deployment of its enterprise VPN services and extend its service offerings to new points of presence within Spain, and across other territories. It’s a very limited deployment for now, a single virtual router in the network so far, but with the scope to expand.

Ultimately the deployment of Nokia’s virtualized service router (VSR) is to extent the capabilities of fixed networks, thus the evolution of telco cloud infrastructure to improve time to market and reduce operational expenses.

Telefónica couldn’t have been more excited…

“We have deployed and integrated one virtual PE in the International Backbone of Telefónica,” said Pedro López, Telefónica’s Business Solutions B2B Customer Operations Director. “This is one of the most critical projects in the core of the network that will help us to offer enhanced network services.”

“When multinational companies want to extend their VPNs – or add capacity to those already deployed – speed, performance and reliability are all essential,” said Sri Reddy, GM for Nokia’s IP routing business. “Telefónica has taken a leadership role in virtualization, and with the certification and deployment of the Nokia VSR, they are well positioned to expand the range and reach of their VPN services and address their customers’ evolving needs.”

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