Orange Polska has partnered with Amdocs to trial an open
source, virtualised software platform.
In what Orange claims is an industry first, it will trial
the Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy
(ECOMP) service, which gives operators the ability to design
and operate "software-centric" networks running on virtual
machines, rather than traditional infrastructures.
Orange will assess ECOMP on its Polish network, adding
virtual services in the country, before rolling out globally
across Orange’s 28 country-wide footprint.
"Virtualisation of the network is an inevitable process," said
Orange Polska VP of strategy and transformation Piotr
Muszyński. "By testing ECOMP at Orange Polska , we are
preparing ourselves to become a software-driven company.
"In the future, these cutting-edge technologies will give
customers completely new possibilities, such as the ability to
self-activate and deactivate services, or to enjoy flexible
rating, based on the time they consumed the service. The
operator, on the other hand, will receive tools that allow
real-time adaptation to meet the customer needs."
The tests will be used to support the development of a
number of virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) services
for customers. These will be moved to the cloud and managed by
the ECOMP platform.
On top of helping Orange Polska develop these vCPE services,
Amdocs will serve as the technology integrator for the ECOMP
Amdocs has also worked with AT&T in efforts to standardise
network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined
networks (SDN) platforms for the telecoms industry. AT&T
has also announced partnerships with Colt Technology Services
in this area, and has committed to releasing ECOMP as open
source software in conjunction with the Linux Foundation.
Amdocs Product Business Group president Anthony Goonetilleke
said: "Always an innovator, Orange was the first service
provider to join AT&T in its efforts to standardise NFV and
SDN platforms and we are excited to be their partner in
integrating open source ECOMP for the first time into a live
cloud environment and demonstrating the first of many NFV