With NFV, VMware sets telcos on course to 5G

Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager, telco group, at VMware.

While 5G is one of the most discussed topics at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, mobile operators will need to move quickly to take advantage of the new services the technology offers.

Network function virtualisation (NFV) is going to play a vital role in this journey, and will support the delivery of virtualised versions of services such as voice over LTE and evolved packet core.

VMware said in a statement on Wednesday that its vCloud NFV provides common virtualised infrastructure and operations management across private, public, and telco distributed clouds.

The platform enables telcos to deliver service automation, high performance networking, secure multi-tenancy and operations management, it said in a statement.

Telcos can also prepare for new opportunities such as software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WAN), cloud migration, workspace management, and IoT services.

At VMworld in 2017, the company said it was partnering with Vodafone to roll out NFV and that its carrier edition would be available in Q3 this year.

Vodafone said at the time that it would begin virtualising its core network to meet the company’s business and service needs, while preparing for the demands of 5G.

VMware on Thursday announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year, saying revenue was $2.31 billion, an increase of 14% from the fourth quarter of 2016.

License revenue for the quarter was $1.07 billion, and increase of 20% from the same quarter last year.

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