NEC and NetCracker Technology announced that Etisalat UAE has completed a series of comprehensive virtual customer-premises equipment (vCPE) trials.
The vCPE solution was provided through NEC's and NetCracker's joint business brand, NEC/NetCracker SDN/NFV Solutions, and demonstrated new ways to optimize customer experience through an innovative self-service portal.
The companies said the proof of concept validated the NEC/NetCracker vCPE solution's ability to move highly complex IP and connectivity functionality from end-user gateways to Etisalat’s data center, which will reduce complexity for residential customers and provide them with more control over services.
Etisalat’s deployment of the vCPE solution will enable it to experience a number of critical advantages, including the ability to provide next-generation connectivity without deploying highly complicated equipment at customer locations, resulting in reduced costs and fewer truck rolls.
NEC and NetCracker demonstrated several highly sophisticated use cases for Etisalat, including the ability to let customers personalize device- and subscriber-specific usage controls through an easy-to-use self-service portal.
NEC and NetCracker also showed how customers can extend their LAN to enable cloud-based L2 services and content, as well as the vCPE solution's ability to deploy virtual firewalls.