With Ericsson as its NFV partner, Vodafone Egypt has gone live with what might be the first commecial virtual network function in the Middle East. Ericsson's virtual SGSN-MME has been serving and managing commercial mobile broadband traffic on Vodafone Egypt network since October 2016. It supports multi-access technologies such as GSM, WCDMA and LTE, and interworks with Wi-Fi.
Osama Said, Vodafone Egypt technology director said: "The virtualisation technology will enhance the speed and efficiency of services we provide to our customers. which will in turn support our main goal to reach customer satisfaction."
"Operators are looking for ways to increase capacity and achieve efficiencies; today's agreement will enable Vodafone Egypt to achieve these goals," said Rafiah Ibrahim, head of region Middle East and East Africa at Ericsson.