STL and VMware to collaborate on 5G access

March 02, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
STL and VMware to collaborate on 5G access
Sterlite Technologies Limited (STL) has announced that it will collaborate with VMware to develop virtual network functions for 5G Access for converged wireline-wireless technology.

Once available, these network virtualisation functions will help easy single-click installation of complex 5G rollouts for telcos and large enterprises.

Built by STL for Transport and Access, these network virtualisation functions are based on software-defined Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) fundamentals where the control plane elements and the orchestration can reside either in the central office, edge/far edge data center or central data center. The forwarding elements can be placed based on the application design requirements. Since both the control and forwarding planes are disaggregated, this makes the system flexible, scalable and programmable.

With this collaboration, STL will leverage VMware vCloud NFV to install, manage and maintain the environment for network microservices such as switching, firewall, etc. The systems will enable STL to provide a commercial and stable release to Telco and Large Enterprise customers who are looking for a commercial rollout in the next few quarters. This shall also help customers reduce capex and move to a subscription model as hardware and software modules can be added over time in a cloud native application for FTTX, Radio Intelligent Controller, RAN Orchestration, Metro DWDM, and other use cases.

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