NEC Corporation and NetCracker Technology announced that they have successfully completed a proof of concept (PoC) for their virtualized customer-premises equipment (vCPE) solution at Portugal Telecom. The PoC took place in March 2015 and validated new revenue opportunities for vCPE in residential markets.
Portugal Telecom is the largest telecommunications service provider in Portugal, providing fixed, mobile, multimedia, data and enterprise services across the country.
The PoC demonstrated and validated the NEC/NetCracker vCPE solution’s ability to migrate IPv4 and IPv6 routing, address assignment and translation and other IP networking functions from end-user home gateways to Portugal Telecom’s data center. By implementing the vCPE solution, Portugal Telecom will be able to accelerate and simplify the integration and distribution of new consumer services as well as reduce the cost of provisioning and maintaining those offerings.
This PoC showcased several highly unique on-demand service capabilities that the vCPE solution can potentially provide, including the ability to let consumers customize and activate advanced service features such as parental controls and device-specific usage controls through an easy-to-use self-service portal. The NEC/NetCracker vCPE solution also enables next-generation Internet connectivity without requiring consumers or Portugal Telecom technicians to implement highly complex and sophisticated devices on site.
By implementing the vCPE solution, Portugal Telecom can extend advanced service features over any broadband access medium, ensuring consistency and personalization of the customer experience regardless of the user’s location. Portugal Telecom will also be able to accelerate time-to-market and reduce provisioning and maintenance costs by converting the HGW into a simple Layer 2 bridge and minimizing complex hardware installations and troubleshooting processes.