Etisalat deploys residential virtual customer premises equipment

NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology has announced that Etisalat has implemented NEC/Netcracker´s full-stack Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) solution for the deployment of its residential virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE), the company said.

Etisalat is the first communications service provider to leverage vCPE in the Middle East and Africa.

Etisalat is the Middle East´s communications provider, offering a wide range of 3G, 4G and fiber-to-the-home services to more than 142 million customers across the region. This deployment is part of Etisalat´s larger cloud initiative, called the Sahaab program, which will help it reduce the time needed to bring innovative services to market and enable the delivery of a better digital experience for its customers.

The NaaS solution will help Etisalat reduce costs and create a platform to offer innovative services and open up new revenue streams.

Through the use of NaaS and virtualization capabilities that are hardware-independent, Etisalat will be able to move away from proprietary network hardware platforms and save on capex. By virtualizing customer premises functions and moving them into the network, Etisalat will be able to cut down on truck rolls and mitigate technician costs.

The NaaS platform also creates the foundation to introduce new services faster and in a much more flexible way, enabling greater segmentation and targeting of residential customers and providing greater control and usability to Etisalat´s customers.

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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.