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ZTE teams with China Mobile to support MANO interoperability testing, NFV adoption
Announced Date: 5/24/2016 Published Date: 6/6/2016

ZTE announced a collaboration with China Mobile designed to promote a MANO interoperability test (IOT) across industry vendors and thereby facilitate NFV (network functions virtualisation) adoption by verifying interoperability of China Mobile's NFV standard r-Vnfm(NFVO-VNFM interface) and Or-Vi(NFVO-VIM interface, which support uniform management of physical and virtual resources and virtual NEs.

Under the agreement, ZTE will work with other vendors and lead China Mobile's MANO IOT and vendor verification program. Test results to date have demonstrated interoperability of the NFVO-VNFM interface and NFVO-VIM interface, which meets existing NFV system requirements. The technology has also been show to support automated NE deployment, flexible scale-in/out, iteration, policy delivery, resources application and management, and provides a foundation for China Mobile to deploy MANO across different vendors.

In addition, ZTE stated that its vManager product recently completed interworking tests and the SW&HW decoupling test with RedHat, VMware and HP MANO solutions, thereby enhancing support for cloud operators. The company noted that these tests demonstrated the performance of its cloudification solutions, adding that the ZTE cloudification core network has now been deployed in 12 commercial projects and 32 test offices worldwide.

In March, ZTE announced that in partnership with China Mobile it had showcased NFV orchestrator (NFVO) technology implementing code use cases of Open-O, an open source orchestrator prototype. As part of the collaboration, ZTE unveiled its Elastic Conductor solution, which was applied on Open-O systems and helped China Mobile implement the NFVO demonstration. ZTE noted that the demonstration also docked with multi-vendor virtualised network functions (VNFs).

ZTE’s Elastic Conductor solution employs NFV/SDN and big data technologies and is designed to provide an ElasticNet ‘brain’ and open functionality. The Elastic Conductor orchestrator is based on an open source architecture and is compatible with the Open-O project.

Earlier in the year, ZTE announced it had become the first company to complete tests conducted by China's Department of Big Data and IT Technology, China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) for Internet of Things (IoT) docking and interoperability. For the testing process, ZTE provided management and orchestration (MANO) and IMS solutions that met China Mobile's requirements for a range of IoT network virtualisation functions. ZTE worked partners including VMware, Hewlett-Packard and RedHat in a multi-vendor test environment.