Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) appeals especially to mobile service providers now because it allows them to innovate more quickly and easily while providing the best return on their investments in an all-IP network infrastructure such as LTE. Specifically the expanded collaboration will focus on three areas to accelerate the development of three Alcatel-Lucent platforms optimized on Intel architecture to improve performance and scale:
Virtualized Radio Access Networks (RAN), developing and optimizing Alcatel-Lucent's LTE and LTE-Advanced wireless products. This will enable operators to use general purpose platforms in configurations that will reduce TCO and increase operators' ability to scale networks to satisfy mobile data demand with rapidly changing devices and applications.
Cloud Platform, developing and optimizing Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand™ NFV platform including joint contributions to the Open source community and a push to accelerate service provider testing, validation and deployment of NFV technology and products.
High-performance Packet Processing for advanced IP/MPLS platforms and functions to enable Alcatel-Lucent's IP development team the insights required to use the features and capabilities of Intel® architecture to deliver improved performance in virtualized IP/MPLS functions.