Du successfully completes internal NFV test

Operator plans to deploy NFV on its 4G LTE network, allowing it to offer more services

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Du successfully completes internal NFV test Du said that, once it had deployed NFV, its enterprise offerings would be more robust
By  Tom Paye Published  January 4, 2015

Dubai-based operator du last week claimed to become the first company in the Middle East to successfully perform internal network function virtualisation (NFV) testing.

Du said that it plans to deploy NFV on its 4G LTE network, allowing it to offer more services, and reduce the time required to deploy those services.

NFV is an emerging method of networking that decouples network functions from proprietary hardware so that they run in software. Touted as a forerunner to software-defined networking (SDN), NFV is largely seen as a more attainable technology, and is particularly well suited to network operators. It uses standard IT virtualisation technologies that run on high-volume services, switch and storage hardware to virtualise network functions.

"We are always eager to consider new technologies which not only streamline our network operations but, more importantly, deliver a superior and simplified user experience to our customers," said Saleem AlBlooshi, executive vice president for network development and operations at du.

"We are excited about network function virtualisation and the successful tests paves the way forward for further validation and future deployment. We will continue our journey towards an enhanced experience based on the latest and best available technologies."

Du said that, once it had deployed NFV, its enterprise offerings would be more robust. It said that its enterprise customers would be able to run multiple services more efficiently, using, for example, just one device on premise while back-end services reside at du's data centre. Du said that NFV would also provide enhanced services for customers that have hardware and software on-premise.

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