Telco Systems, an Israel-headquartered SDN and NFV specialist, Orange, Cisco, Intel and NFV network quality assurance company Netrounds are demonstrating an NFV automation proof-of-concept at this week's SDN & OpenFlow World Congress.
The demonstration in the ETSI NFV PoC zone will highlight improvements to service delivery, service level agreement commitments and overall customer experience, Telco Systems explained in a statement. Those improvements can be achieved by combining model-driven orchestration and virtual test agents, the company added.
Telco Systems explained that the demonstration "will show how NFV enables orchestrated service assurance by automating tasks associated with service fulfilment and service assurance."
The demonstration is backed by Orange and utilises Cisco's network services orchestrator, which is provided on virtual test agents from Netrounds and Telco Systems that run on Intel hardware. The demonstration will utilise distributed x86 computing resources to host virtual test agents that will perform service activation testing and active network monitoring.
Telco Systems said that approach will ensure that services are delivered to customers correctly first time, while also providing constant measurements of individual services and network KPIs and QoS levels.
"Programmable networks are the future of the telecommunications industry and we are excited to be collaborating with the leading industry players for this important proof-of-concept demonstration," said Fredrik Lundberg, director of strategy and planning at Cisco.
Telco Systems added that the demonstration will also highlight the drawbacks of existing approaches used by communications service providers, including a reliance on separate procedures covering network configuration, service activation testing, monitoring and orchestration. The company further noted that assessments of end-user quality are currently hindered by expensive test equipment and probes, and service assurance systems running device-centric counters, traps and statistics.
"We have invested significant resources to bring to market a full range of SDN and NFV technologies and solutions to help telcos and other communications service providers to improve the performance of their service delivery and offer new value added services," said Gal Ofel, head of software solutions at Telco Systems.
The SDN and OpenFlow World Congress is taking place this week in Dusseldorf, Germany.
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