NEC and Netcracker Technology have today successfully conducted a trial, in collaboration with K-Opticom, for a system combining Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and 10G-Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) technologies. The trial verified for the first time ever that virtualized Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) can be successfully applied to 10Gbps Internet connections. K-Opticom is a leading provider of telecommunications services based on its independent optical fiber network. The company operates the “mineo” mobile phone service as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), and “eo denki,” an electric power retailing service for household use.
By virtually establishing conventional CPE functions on the K-Opticom network side, vCPE enables the constant provision of a secure communications environment. It also makes it possible to provide new services such as Video on Demand (VoD), cloud storage and parental control easily and quickly. vCPE makes it possible to monitor the conditions of communications on devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets remotely at the request of the service user; facilitating the improvement of communications environments, and enabling prompt identification and resolution of faults. Based on the results of this trial, further trials are being planned in preparation for the full-scale application of vCPE to 10Gpbs Internet services.