ECT Wins Major Contract for Virtualized Service Delivery Platform
This major European operator conducted a comprehensive tender for a new service delivery platform to provide converged mobile and broadband services along with a service creation environment for agile service development. After a year-long process which included a proof of concept, the operator chose ECT’s INtellECT® Service Delivery Platform. The complete solution will be virtualized in the operator’s data center with NFV support. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
This operator, a former European incumbent and the leading provider of telephony, internet, television and network-based ICT services in its country, has a network with legacy silo solutions for individual services as well as separate IMS cores from different vendors for broadband and mobile services. In order to reduce operative expenses significantly and become more agile in responding to market requirements, the operator tendered for a new service delivery platform that would provide converged services seamlessly within their heterogeneous network. The operator requested that the complete platform, including application servers (AS), media servers (MRF), databases, etc., be virtualized in his existing data center.
Virtually every major vendor participated in this tender. The selection process included a proof of concept (POC), in which each vendor was required to install its virtualized SDP components in the operator’s data center and fully integrate the SDP with the operator’s legacy and next-generation networks, so that a predefined one number service could be tested live in the operator’s network. ECT delivered this POC in three weeks, after which the service was not only demonstrated but also changed adlib using ECT’s service creation environment.