NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and NetCracker Technology, a wholly owned NEC subsidiary, announced that they have launched a joint initiative to address the opportunities associated with software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) for communications service providers (CSPs). Network and infrastructure virtualization for service providers offers an unprecedented ability to fundamentally transform how CSPs operate and offer new services.
This joint initiative creates a new global business brand and structure, bringing together the best of NEC’s network innovation and NetCracker’s IT leadership and telecom expertise to deliver comprehensive end-to-end SDN/NFV solutions in a multi-domain environment. The new business brand will be “NEC/NetCracker SDN/NFV Solutions.”
Identifying SDN/NFV as a strategic priority area, NEC has been working to construct and provide simple and flexible next-generation network infrastructure for the implementation and application of virtualization for carrier networks. NEC commercialized the world’s first OpenFlow controller/switch in 2011, and offers SDN/NFV solutions, including virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC), virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) and virtualized mobile virtual network operator (vMVNO) offerings, with a number of commercial deployments and trials underway.