Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, held a press conference with Telefonica at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Telco Cloud cooperation, which covers the UNICA Infrastructure, SDN network and NFV. This turns the bilateral cooperation in network transformation into a new era.
Enrique Blanco Nadales, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Telefonica group and Mr. Ken Hu, Rotating CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Huawei signed the MoU together, and both addressed the press conference, pledging to deepen bilateral cooperation in the Telco cloud field and promoting commercial progress of the cloud computing technology in Telefonica.
Mr. Nadales remarked:”The UNICA Infrastructure, SDN network and NFV lay basis for implementing Telefonica network transformation and they play a significant role in simplifying the infrastructure architecture, improving efficiency and reducing costs. Thanks to Huawei’s devotion in this project, both parties enjoyed a pleasant cooperation.”
Mr. Hu added:”The UNICA Infrastructure is an open and future-proof strategic framework, it brings unique values to Telefonica: shorten time to market greatly through automatic service deployment, save cost for operation and maintenance through simplified architecture, achieve agile operation through unified global resource management and global governance.”
Mr. Hu also mentioned in his speech: “Huawei Distributed Cloud Data Center (DC²) and the SDN network solution seamlessly match Telefonica UNICA infrastructure architecture. With the efforts of both parties, a competitive next generation ICT infrastructure will be constructed. ”
With the profound development of technologies such as the cloud computing, NFV and SDN, carriers are able to reduce costs, increase revenues, and improve service abilities to the greatest extent. Based on the UNICA infrastructure, Telefonica targets to explore a distributed cloud infrastructure upon the IT and CT network strategic transformation and construct a unified, coordinated and efficient ICT infrastructure.
In August of 2012, a joint planning team was set up by Huawei and Telefonica. With the deep understanding of Telco service, and rich experience in ICT, Huawei developed SoftCOM framework based Distributed Cloud Data Center and SDN solution with optimized carrier-class performance. The solutions were verified during the 2 phases of UNICA infrastructure PoC by the end of 2013.
At the Telefonica booth in MWC 2014, Telefonica showed the UNICA infrastructure demonstration, which is end-to-end enabled by Huawei. As a typical Telco service over UNICA infrastructure, Huawei vIMS (virtual IMS) based voice and video services were demonstrated.