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Telefónica picks Ericsson for virtualisation in Chile

Steve Rogerson
November 9, 2017

Ericsson is helping Telefónica in Chile, the largest mobile network operator and internet service provider in the country, to virtualise its core network so it can gain benefits from 5G and the IoT.
A fully virtualised core network provides the operator with faster time-to-market of new products and services that capture the opportunities presented by use cases in 5G and the IoT.
Under the terms of the new deal, Sweden-based Ericsson will deploy its NFV network functions virtualisation offering, including virtual EPC, virtual IMS, virtual AAA and NFVi. This is said to provide Telefónica Chile with the largest number of virtualised telco applications in a shared resource environment, known as Unica.
"As market leaders in key 5G technologies such as NFV and SDN, Ericsson is helping operators around the world to evolve their existing networks towards 5G,” said Nicolás Brancoli, head of Ericsson’s south Latin America customer unit. “With this deal, we will deliver the first 5G ready core network in the country to Telefónica Chile, enabling the operator to cement its leadership position in the region well into the future."
Ericsson will virtualise all telecommunications applications into a shared environment known as Unica, with three data centres in operation across the country. Installation, project management, network optimisation, training and managed services are part of the agreement. Complete rollout and live service is expected during the second quarter of 2018.