Vodafone Egypt Selects Ericsson for Network Function Virtualization Launch
Vodafone Egypt has selected Ericsson as its Network Function Virtualization partner and has gone live with the commercial virtual network function. Since October 2016, Ericsson's virtual Serving GPRS Support Node - Mobility Management Entity (SGSN-MME) has been serving and managing commercial mobile broadband traffic on the Vodafone Egypt network.
According to company, Ericsson's virtual SGSN-MME supports multi-access technologies such as GSM, WCDMA and LTE, and interworks with Wi-Fi. It provides full feature parity, and is agnostic to the underlying cloud system with support for both Open stack and VMware. Based on the Ericsson pooling concept, Vodafone Egypt network runs using a combination of virtual and native SGSN/MME in the same pool, supporting efficient capacity expansion.