NEC and Portugal Telecom Partner in Network Virtualization

  NEC and Portugal Telecom Partner in Network Virtualization

  Joint evaluation of Software Defined Networks for datacenters and carrier

Business Wire

LISBON, Portugal & TOKYO & LONDON -- April 15, 2013

NEC Corporation (NEC) (TSE: 6701), a leader in the integration of IT and
network technology, and Portugal Telecom (PT), a leading global
telecommunication service provider, announced today a partnership agreement to
evaluate network virtualization based on Software Defined Network (SDN)
technology for datacenters and carrier networks.

The agreement enables both companies to test and assess the commercial
feasibility and benefits of SDN implementation for carrier datacenters. NEC
and PT will deploy NEC’s “PF Series Programmable Flow Switch and Controller”
SDN solution and test its capability to overcome economic and operational
challenges within traditional architecture.

Furthermore, NEC and PT will carry out a joint case study for identifying the
most beneficial SDN usage in PT’s telecom infrastructure.

Network virtualization with SDN has exceptional potential, as it allows
optimized use of available network resources, increases flexibility and
simplicity in the creation and management of new network services, and reduces
the investment required for its implementation and operation.

“NEC is a pioneer in the deployment of SDN technology for commercial
environments, as one of the first to launch a series of Openflow enabled
switches and controllers,” said Mr. Naoki Iizuka, President and CEO, NEC
Europe Limited. “We are honored to work with a leading global operator like
PT, and firmly believe this partnership will accelerate PT’s network
transformation and evolution.”

For Portugal Telecom, the challenges of legacy networks are leading the
company to deal with complex and inflexible network configurations, operations
and management. With this partnership, Portugal Telecom aims to understand how
SDN can solve these challenges.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation 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

About Portugal Telecom

Portugal Telecom is a global telecommunications operator with 100 million
clients worldwide. In Portugal, where it holds a leading position in the
markets in which operates, PT provides a wide portfolio of telecoms,
multimedia and IT and fixed and mobile services, including broadband access,
voice and television, acting in all segments of the telecommunications sector:
personal, residential, enterprise solutions and wholesale. Portugal Telecom
assumes itself as the leading Portuguese telecoms operator with a wide and
solid international presence, particularly in Brazil and Africa. PT has a
diversified business portfolio in which quality and innovation are key
aspects, aiming at positioning PT as a leading edge operator in the
international arena.

Portugal Telecom is listed on the Euronext and New York Stock Exchange,
through a full listing of its ADR program, and is present in the reference
Portuguese index and in the benchmark sustainability indexes, DJ
Sustainability and FTSE4GOOD. Information about the company is available in
Reuters via the code PTC.LS and PT and in Bloomberg via the code PTC PL.

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respective owners. (C)2013 NEC Corporation.


NEC Europe Ltd.
Shinya Hashizume, +44-(0)20-8752-2796
NEC Corporation
Seiichiro Toda, +81-3-3798-6511
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