KUALA LUMPUR: NEC Corporation of Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and Netcracker Technology announced today their collaboration with technology giants Red Hat, Juniper Networks and Dell EMC to offer an end-to-end multivendor 5G-ready virtualization platform for service providers and enterprises in Malaysia.
In a statement, the company said the partnership, building off its Ecosystem 2.0 Program will see NEC Corporation of Malaysia/ Netcracker positioning itself as a full SDN/NFV (Software-Defined Networking/Network Functions Virtualization) solution provider that is qualified of designing and deploying a network architecture concept that uses IT virtualization technologies to virtualize entire classes of network node functions into building blocks that may connect or chain together to create communication services.
NEC Corporation of Malaysia Managing Director Chong Kai Wooi, says that around the world we are seeing service providers in the United States, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, Estonia, Japan and China are improving their network infrastructure in preparation to offer 5G communications services which are imminent. Commercializing such services, including the massive connectivity of people, transportation, objects and cities, is expected to take off in the next two to three years.
“With our SDN/NFV 5G-ready solution, companies will be able to speed up the time-to-market for their potential communications services and/or any applications that run on 5G technology, improve cost efficiency and have the ability to offer new, revenue generating-services.“ he adds.
A 2017 study conducted by the European Communications on behalf of Netcracker, which surveyed individuals representing 56 different service providers in the communications industry from around the world, discovered that the top four benefits expected from SDN/NFV solutions include reduced time-to-market, improved network efficiency, CAPEX savings and the opportunity to create and innovate new services, including over-the-top services.
Netcracker chief technology officer Aloke Tusnial said as the industry moves quickly towards 5G technology, getting the management and orchestration environment right is critical to enable new IoT use cases requiring dynamic network slicing.
“This is a key focus for us at Netcracker and we are delighted to be part of this strong collaboration to bring 5G virtualization to market faster,” he said.
The company said with 5G, public services can be enhanced further to offer next level of services where federal and state governments to connect people, transportation, objects and cities at higher speed and with fewer delays.
Besides that, it said smart cities or smart communities will also be closer to reality. As technology affects nearly all aspects of life, many governments are committed to staying current with technological developments and innovation to improve the lives of their citizens and continue to evolve in the global economy, it said. By offering a multivendor 5G-ready virtualization platform, NEC Corporation is optimistic that it can contribute significantly to its revenues in Malaysia. Currently, 50 per cent of its revenues are derived from carrier solutions, and the other 50 per cent from enterprise and public safety solutions.
“As service providers and 5G technology services take centre stage in the near future, we foresee our SDN/NFV solution to contribute 10 per cent to our carrier solutions revenues for the first year and 30 per cent for the next three years,” said Chong.