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Telenor develops its Cloud network

Being the first company ever in Pakistan, Telenor Pakistan has developed its own cloud network.

The company tested its cloud network successfully by making the first 3G voice call and the first LTE data call. This marked Telenor to be the first cellular operator in Pakistan ever to have an in-house Cloud network that can digitalize all network functions.

Telenor made use of Nokia’s AirFrame data center solution, OpenStack-based Nokia CloudBand software, and ZTE’s virtualized MSS and vitalized PGW functions. All these technologies helped Telenor execute integrated VNF solutions that are primary enablers for its network transformation, informed The News.

“Nokia is proud to have helped Telenor achieve this ground-breaking milestone, taking important steps towards virtualization of its network. It is great to see Telenor leveraging the strong multi-vendor capabilities of Nokia’s cloud infrastructure,” said Khalid Khan, Head of the Middle East Growth Markets at Nokia.

“We are pleased to have helped Pakistan’s second largest cellular and digital services provider materialize their network transformation goals by assisting them in developing their own Cloud system,” said Fan Hu, SVP ZTE Corporation.

The firm will continue to work on this technology in the upcoming months and virtualize all the network functions that today subsist on proprietary hardware. Telenor claimed that this industry-first move is made for digital transformation of the country’s ICT sector.

Once the technology is entirely made, the Cloud network will immensely enhance customer requests’ response time, provide more freedom in building customers solutions and also add new revenue streams through public Cloud offering.

This will in turn result in more efficiency, scalability and automation to Telenor’s network helping it give quality network services to customers, according to ProPakistani.

Telenor Pakistan’s Chief Technology Officer Khurrum Ashfaque expressed, “I consider development and successful testing of our own Cloud network as a huge stride toward our network virtualization goals, and this is just the beginning of a whole new area.”

“We believe that our Cloud platform will not only benefit Telenor as an organization, but also enable us to deliver more to our customers in terms of digital products and services further strengthening our position as the customer favorite digital services provider,” he concluded.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2017

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