NEC Corporation and Telefonica to Collaborate in the Development

NEC Corporation and Telefonica to Collaborate in the Development of Network
This agreement enables both companies to leverage their strengths and start
developing a competitive virtualised network as early as the spring 
Tokyo, Feb 21, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), a
leader in the integration of IT and network technologies, and Telefonica, a
leading provider of integrated communication solutions, announced today an
agreement to collaborate in the development of network virtualisation based on
SDN (Software-Defined Networking) and NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation)
Telefonica and NEC Corporation will bring together their technological
capabilities and collaborate in a migration scenario study to virtualise the
current IP edge network elements. By minimizing the dependence on hardware,
virtualisation will bring considerable benefits both to the management of the
network and, more importantly, to the end customer. The network's
management will become simple, flexible and enable accelerated service
deployment and time to market, while enhancing the customer's connectivity
Network virtualisation with SDN and NFV technologies that combine the IP edge
components of networks into one single virtual infrastructure is a key element
of Telefonica's network strategy. This collaboration will ensure that
virtual network functions are portable between different hardware platforms.
NEC and Telefonica have produced the first real case study of virtualised EPC
(Evolved Packet Core) and will showcase this technology at Mobile World
Congress 2013, Barcelona, February 25 - 28, Hall 3, Stand 3B4. 
Providing a single pointed infrastructure model to manage all the aspects of a
virtualised network is consistent with Telefonica's global strategy to
further develop its smart seamless network capabilities. By enabling advanced
network automation, rapid delivery of network services and easy application of
policies across the network, SDN plays an important role to seamlessly
interconnect all the virtual network functions. 
The agreement announced today enables both companies to leverage their proven
technological strengths and to develop a competitive virtualised network system
much faster. As a result, in the first half of 2013, Telefonica and NEC expect
to start validating the equipment being tested, including NFV which comprehends
virtualised EPC (the core network of the LTE system). 
"NEC has proven capabilities in delivering innovative SDN and NFV
solutions to Telefonica as part of transforming their networks into a more
efficient and scalable "virtualised carrier-grade" solution,"
said Mr. Shunichiro Tejima, Senior Vice-President, NEC Corporation. "NEC
already introduced the world's first commercialized OpenFlow system, an
award-winning solution for data center control virtualisation." 
"A flexible and efficient smart network goes hand-in- hand with enhanced
customer experience. For this reason, network virtualisation is a key element
within our strategy to innovate data center management and to deliver the best
seamless connectivity experience. We are delighted to have NEC on board with us
as they are an important partner to develop a set of products based on a unique
integration of IT and Networks," said Mr. Enrique Blanco, Telef0nica
Global CTO. 
About Telefonica 
Telefonica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in
terms of market capitalisation and number of customers. From this outstanding
position in the industry, and with its mobile, fixed and broadband businesses
as the key drivers of its growth, Telefonica has focused its strategy on
becoming a leading company in the digital world.  The company has a significant
presence in 24 countries and a customer base that amounts close to 314 million
accesses around the world. Telef0nica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe
and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth
strategy. Telefonica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million
direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4.551.024.586
ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao
and Valencia) and on those in London, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires. For
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About NEC Corporation 
NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) is a leader in the integration of IT and network
technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing
a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's
experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the
complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100
years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses
and society. For more information, visit NEC at 
Telefonica, S.A.
Tel: +34 91 482 38 00
NEC Corporation
Takehiko Kato
Tel: +81 3 3798 6511
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