Etisalat Selects NEC and Netcracker as Prime Integrator for Its NFV Infrastructure Platform to Advance Its Telecom Cloud Program

NEC/Netcracker's Comprehensive NFVI Solution Will Enable Greater Agility and Responsiveness in Etisalat's New Cloud Network

WALTHAM, Mass.--()--NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology announced today that Etisalat has selected NEC/Netcracker as the prime solution provider for its multivendor telecom cloud program. NEC/Netcracker will provide systems integration services, operational tools, NFV orchestration and full automation in a DevOps mode to “cloudify” its network. As the prime integrator, NEC/Netcracker will also provide third-party hardware, VIM, SDN control and network equipment to create a full end-to-end cloud platform. Etisalat's companywide program, called the Sahaab initiative, will leverage NEC/Netcracker's NFVI solution to make its network more agile, responsive, scalable and efficient, enabling the deployment of advanced digital services.

Etisalat is the Middle East's leading communications provider, offering services to more than 160 million customers. Etisalat's Sahaab program will help it improve operational performance, reduce time-to-market for digital services and enable greater network elasticity.

NEC/Netcracker's open, standards-compliant solution will introduce new levels of automation for Etisalat, enabling the speed and agility required for optimizing virtual network function (VNF) performance. NEC/Netcracker's NFV Orchestration solution, which can seamlessly scale to manage dynamic network services and virtual resources, will ensure that Etisalat's cloud-based network can support new digital services such as 5G, IoT and smart cities.

"As enterprises and residential customers embrace practices and lifestyles that use real-time digital services, our network needs to be able to handle the dynamic nature of those offerings," said Esmaeel Alhammadi, Senior Vice President for Network Development at Etisalat. "NEC/Netcracker's NFVI solution empowers our network with the elasticity and responsiveness we need to deliver next-generation digital services to our customers."

“We are honored to have been selected by Etisalat as the prime overall integrator for this second-generation SDN/NFV cloud,” said Shigeru Okuya, Senior Vice President at NEC. “NEC will leverage its global experience to support these new cutting-edge cloud-based digital services.”

"The evolution of and increased demand for digital technologies has pressured service providers to transform their networks into more software-defined, cloud-based environments," said Aloke Tusnial, CTO of SDN/NFV at Netcracker. "We are glad to help Etisalat make its important transition to a cloud platform, which will introduce more agility and automation in delivering innovative digital services."

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

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About Netcracker Technology

Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, is a forward-looking software company, offering mission-critical solutions to service providers around the globe. Our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and professional services enables large-scale digital transformations, unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization and the changing mobile ecosystem. With an unbroken service delivery track record of more than 20 years, our unique combination of technology, people and expertise helps companies transform their networks and enable better experiences for their customers.

For more information, visit www.netcracker.com.

Contacts

Netcracker Technology
Erin O'Reilly, +1-781-366-7049
Erin.OReilly@Netcracker.com
or
SmartMark Communications for Netcracker
Juliet Shavit, +1-215-504-4272
jshavit@smartmarkusa.com

Release Summary

Etisalat Selects NEC and Netcracker as Prime Integrator for its NFV Infrastructure Platform to Advance its Telecom Cloud Program

Contacts

Netcracker Technology
Erin O'Reilly, +1-781-366-7049
Erin.OReilly@Netcracker.com
or
SmartMark Communications for Netcracker
Juliet Shavit, +1-215-504-4272
jshavit@smartmarkusa.com