It will utilize HPE's OpenNFV infrastructure stack and reference architecture and provide support from the vendor's NFV technical experts.
HPE will help the operator test performance of virtualized functions over its HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade open cloud platform, which is designed to meet network operators' increasing reliability requirements.
“We believe that integration of NFV within SDN-enabled infrastructure will be the next stage of evolution for the strategic development of the China Telecom network,” China Telecom Beijing Research Institute president Li Zhigang said.
“We hope that our collaborative efforts with HPE will result in the creation of NFV solutions which meet our needs and advance the transformation of our networks.”
China Telecom is the second largest of China's three major telecom operators behind China Mobile.