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Tuesday, October 2 • 13:25 - 13:50
An Open Approach: Virtualizing the CO for Mobile Services

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The central office is usually the last physical interface in a network for service delivery to the end customer and therefore plays a critical role for communication service providers (CSPs) and is quickly becoming a key area for competitive advantage for service agility, cost savings, and new service revenue by leveraging compute capabilities at the network edge. There are 10K+ central offices in the US alone which have traditionally been built using proprietary, complex and single-function boxes and previous attempts to virtualize the central office have resulted in proprietary or limited approaches by building components from scratch to address specific issues. This greatly limits agility and innovation, given the time it takes to purchase and configure new equipment, and become profitable.     With the latest developments in orchestration tools and SDN controllers, in-built capabilities for a virtualized central office are now available to create solutions that support the delivery of residential, business and mobile services. Building on the Virtual Central Office concept debuted last year at the OPNFV Summit in Beijing that demonstrated both residential and enterprise services, the VCO Demo 2.0 has evolved to mobile services by focusing on the implementation of vRAN (virtual radio access network) as well as the virtualized mobile packet core elements (vEPC) which represent a minimum viable mobile access network configuration. The demo will highlight the collaborative power of open source communities to innovate and collaborate around one of the industry’s most pressing use cases, offer service providers around the globe a framework for virtualizing services at the edge, and highlight the underlying elements, including an OCP OpenRack Tundra configuration from Penguin and on-site OCP AirFrame servers from Nokia. The session will show a path forward for others wishing to replicate a similar demo in their lab environments and a portfolio of demo assets will be made available to the community.    

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Heather Kirksey

Vice President of NFV, The Linux Foundation
Heather Kirksey works with the community to advance the adoption and implementation of open source NFV platforms.Before joining The Linux Foundation, she led strategic technology alliances for MongoDB. Earlier in her career she held various leadership positions in the telecom industry... Read More →

Tuesday October 2, 2018 13:25 - 13:50 CEST