22 March 2018 - Light Reading Video

OrbTV: Telefonica's Elizondo Unpacks Progress on Unica

Antonio Elizondo, head of Network Virtualization Strategy and Technology at Telefonica, provides an update on progress for the Unica initiative -- Telefonica's ...


this is Ian Morris with light reading for all TV and I'm joined here today by Antonio Elizondo from telefónica Antonio welcome you're a very important person in telefónica these days leading the nfe strategy and telefónica has obviously been regarded as something of a frontrunner I thinking virtualization can you tell me where you things are up to at the moment you have the big única project what stays you out with that and what are the sort of plans for for this year yep the finally we have started the deployment of única in live production and four of our different markets and in last year ok for this year we have the we have plans for extended única through all our footprint excluding to different countries the probably will come later and in 2018 ok well this is very good news because well these proofs that the technology the technology that we are using is mature enough to consider to go into real production ok and what are they one of the main goals of única what is it that you're really looking to achieve with this project well the vision that we have is to be able to have homogeneous and versatile

infrastructure ok and this infrastructure will allow us to run all sort of service functions also called a BNSF utilize new offenses ok and these will allow us also to automate much more ok all the process associated to the creation of the network and also to the lifecycle a management of the network services that we deploy ok and in terms of the the virtualization network functions what stage you up to with that process it seemed to be adding new virtual network functions all the time yeah really indeed we have started with less a few vnx into this four different countries where we have a deploy unica mainly related with control plane function since like AMS things like 3-play a functionality is like DHCP complex simple things for understanding know how all the infrastructure works understanding the the impact on the way to operate the platform and the way we are used to do things okay and for GE for this year we are introducing many other a neural functions including for instance the able packet core okay and firewalls load

balancers indeed I'm also responsible of the BNF certification program in telefónica and I have a queue of more than 60 different vnf 235 okay that's already going now yeah what I mean in terms of virtualization we hear about the challenges operators were concerned for a long time about things like interoperability and the processes was seen as quite difficult virtualizing network I mean what's been what's been more difficult than you expected what's been easier are we are we getting closer to overcoming some of those interoperability issues yeah what is a challenge is saying let's say is having a common framework to let's say to onboard and deploy you know they'd be NFS and to model the lifecycle in the same in an vendor-independent way okay what we have ourselves in the industry there are many vendors that have the vision of how the world should be but they are producing their own solutions in a vertical fashion okay and this is something that at the end makes very difficult the inter probability of things okay this is why Telefonica I along other 10 service providers we are pushing no open source mono as an

initiative to have a common framework that makes his ship for the VN offenders to introduce their products and also for the service providers to make them interpret it and to deployed it to deploy them in an easy way so so some operators gonna head in used they virtualized but they've used technologies from one vendor but this is a truly multi vendor role other tell exactly is doing and what are the one of the main benefits you've seen in terms of things like cost savings and agility can you talk a little about them yes of course for instance one of the original motivations of off nav and that was that was described in the original and every white paper that was launched it in 2015 okay we're okay cost savings including capex and OPEX and a better way to to introduce innovation okay having a healthy ecosystem of the suppliers not only the big ones but also startups and all sort of suppliers and what we are observing is say for instance in with the brutalization of the packet core we are obtaining a very interesting cost savings now in the in the capex associated to the to the harbor if I

remember well more than 50% okay so as a second these are figures that we have announced publicly report discussing anything but they say that we are serving a tremendous impact in in in the harbour cost and also an impact on the way we operate the network so we are able to introduce new services and do the important validating only things in just a few days okay this is something that is changing this is this is the service agility that operates the pintron again we're looking fun yeah and in terms of I mean nothing I mentioned automation to start as well which has become quite a big buzzword in the industry reason in what ways does virtualization and the use of software-defined networks helped me to also materialization is let's say the means as the goal is the the automation if you automate things that means that you don't have for most manual interventions manual interventions are expensive every prom okay so you are avoiding or are you saying that benefit as well so so far in terms of being able to address faults and things like that without having to send people out we have seen

them step by step with with Sonicare right now we have far less say mmm simplified orchestration I am right now because OS aim will be the the orchestration layer that will allow us to automate automate even further but what we are able to do right now with with Onika is building the network service let's say in an automatic way okay creating all the networks even physical networking we can configure in an automatic way this has been a challenge for a lot of years and this is something that we have seen that ones that we certify the in a vendor with descriptors we are able to replicate that in all the operations that where we are the poem única this is a fantastic let's say canoes resources in one central location and may change the closer exactly and especially in in a company like in telefónica where we don't have a lot of different operations in different markets different countries okay this is something very useful okay and does that become more important when we get to things like 5g I mean I've heard it said that there's lots more configuration than it's doing on 5g networks we have essentially billions of

device connections with the IOT so presumably automation plays a big role in terms of making a society indeed a part of my role is making sure that only can concretely the orchestration layer through our same will refine get ready okay so what does this mean how to deal with the lifecycle management of the sacona war is lysis okay how to deal with the lifecycle management of the micro services okay so there are different technologies that all of our windows are started to use containers docker containers for instance grenades as a way to to Chris treat all of that so we are of course trying to apply or distant knowledge ease through OSM making Charlotte única will be ready for a four-phase in the future okay well thanks very much for joining me today Antonio this is the Morris with light reading for all TV

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