ZTE, China Mobile complete industry's first CloudOS and commercial SDN system decoupling test in NFV architecture

Johannesburg, 11 Sep 2018
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ZTE South Africa has revealed that ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile Internet, today announced that it has completed the industry's first decoupling and interconnection test of ZTE's ZENIC SDN controller with the carrier-grade CloudOS of China Mobile.

ZTE helps China Mobile introduce SDN to NFV deployment so as to accelerate the core network 3-layer decoupling and NFV process and promote the NFV and SDN interface standardisation, thereby building up a new and more flexible infrastructure for the future-oriented 5G network of China Mobile.

The joint test involves environment installation inspection, basic function and stability testing, and verifications of over 20 particular protocol extensions in an NFV scenario. It successfully implements automatic launching and dynamic adjustment of NFV sites.

During the entire lifecycle of the NFV network elements, SDN technologies can continuously enhance network resource utilisation efficiency, improve network virtualisation, simplify the compatibility with the existing network, and increase the network agility in various service automation scenarios. During the test, Openflow is used as the standard protocol for SDN control, forwarding and separation, and OVSDB is used as the standard protocol for vSwitch management, meeting requirements of decoupling and interconnection and vigorously promoting the NFV and SDN interface standardisation.

Compatible with mainstream virtualised software, ZTE's ZENIC SDN vDC controller is applicable to the scenarios of hybrid overlay, hardware overlay and software overlay. It has also been employed to complete the interconnection with the third-party OpenStack cloud platforms, such as RedHat, in addition to China Mobile's CloudOS case. By virtue of unified resource planning and deployment, it can quickly construct new virtualised data centres.

China Mobile has initiated virtualisation tests and pilots by gradually integrating SDN technologies to implement automated network configuration, enhance network service capability and horizontal scalability. Its newly built core network and network elements delivering value-added services will adopt virtualised network elements in NFV architecture to substitute the traditional ones, intending to realise hardware resource sharing and further extend the scope of sharing in the resource pool by decoupling software from hardware, thereby accelerating the network virtualisation transformation.

As China's first platinum member of OpenDaylight, ZTE has already deployed 360 SDN/NFV commercial and POC projects with world-leading operators. It has built a large number of virtualised data centre projects for international and domestic operators and enterprises, including China Mobile's Hohhot private cloud, China Telecom Shanghai's LSN, China Telecom Guangxi's CO re-architecting, etc.

ZTE South Africa

ZTE South Africa is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. ZTE South Africa is dedicated to making quality communications technology accessible to all. The company draws on more than 25 years' of experience and research investment to deliver smart, affordable, quality choices for infrastructure and mobile data device customers nationwide.

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