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STL, VMware collaborate to offer software-defined 5G access solutions for telcos

Global data networks provider STL is collaborating with enterprise software developer VMware to develop virtual network functions for 5G Access Solutions for converged wireline-wireless technology.

STL says that once available, these solutions will help easy single-click installation of complex 5G rollouts for telcos and large enterprises.

STL has built network virtualization functions for Transport and Access Solutions. These solutions are based on software-defined Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) fundamentals where the control plane elements and the orchestration can reside either in the central office, edge/far edge data center or central data center. The forwarding elements can be placed based on the application design requirements. Since both the control and forwarding planes are disaggregated, this makes the solution flexible, scalable and programmable.

With this collaboration, STL expects to leverage VMware vCloud NFV to install, manage and maintain the environment for network microservices such as switching, firewall, etc.

The solution would enable STL to provide a commercial and stable release to Telco and Large Enterprise customers who are looking for a commercial rollout in the next few quarters. This shall also help customers reduce capex and move to a subscription model as hardware and software modules can be added over time in a cloud-native application for FTTX, Radio Intelligent Controller, RAN Orchestration, Metro DWDM, and other use cases.

“We continue to drive relentless innovations to develop end-to-end network solutions for our customers. VMware provides the world’s leading cloud virtualization platform and we are delighted to partner them and together deliver 5G Access Solutions for Telcos and Large Enterprise customers. The combined offerings will bring a full stack of solutions for a converged wireline-wireless network for the industry and further increase our overall addressable market,” said Dr. Badri Gomatam, Group CTO, STL.

“VMware vCloud NFV provides compute, storage, networking, management and operations capabilities, which along with the development capabilities that STL brings to our collaboration, will help provide an integrated solution to Communication Service Providers. With STL’s programmable network function suite across wired-wireless network deployments running on top of VMware Telco Cloud, we are in an advantageous position to support our mutual customers for their future network requirements,” said Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of solutions & marketing, Telco and Edge Cloud, VMware.

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