Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and China Mobile jointly conducted demonstrations of a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and virtual IMS using MANO (Management and Orchestration). The demonstration is running on China Mobile’s booth at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014. Both solutions are a part of Huawei’s pioneering CloudEdge solution designed to migrate operators to the Cloud as smoothly as possible and leverage Cloud value for mobile broadband.
In the last 12 months Huawei has been deeply engaged with Tier 1 operator customers to identify their current pain points. This engagement has shown that the majority of end-to-end infrastructure complexity resides at the network edge, due to operator’s need to support multiple legacy technologies. More importantly, the service experiences differentiation that allows operators to compete and distinguish product offerings from each other is largely located at the edge. For this reason operator budgets are firmly focused on reducing TCO by transforming existing network edge infrastructure to Cloud. Achieving this end, through the optimization, simplification and automization of the network edge is what Huawei calls its CloudEdge solution.
CloudEdge builds on Huawei’s industry-leading SingleEPC solution and is a part of Huawei’s SoftCOM strategy for introducing advances in Cloud, NFV and SDN technologies into the global telecoms industry. CloudEdge has four parts:
- Mobile: Focused on continued LTE build outs, virtual EPC and simplification of Gi-LAN by introducing service chaining
- Service: The introduction of MANO in NFV related to operation management, automation and network services orchestration. MANO avoids siloed point deployment of NFV, including integration and migration with existing backend OSS/BSS.
- IP: Huawei’s SDN controller for IP RAN backhaul is designed to ease OPEX complexity through automation and simplified management of complex IP backhaul. IP and optical devices under the SDN controller improve traffic engineering and optimization for overall cost reduction and backhaul improvement
- Home: Virtualized set-up box and virtual EPC to address the home network environment.
According to Jason Dai, President of Huawei CloudEdge: “NFV has a bright future. Being cloud based, it provides the opportunity to integrate network openness from day 1, creating revenue generation opportunities through M2M and mobile enterprise applications. Huawei is uniquely positioned to support operator migration to cloud due to best practice experience gleaned from both IT and CT industries. Our demonstration with China Mobile reinforces Huawei’s commitment to the fast introduction of CloudEdge products and solutions with minimum disruption to operator’s background infrastructure”.
Huawei is currently conducting more than 20 PoC (proof of concept) CloudEdge projects and is in trials with leading operators around the world, with a planned first commercial product in the third quarter of 2014.