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2016-12-20

Ericsson: Industry partners commit to NFV interoperability testing initiative

· To further enhance Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
industrialization and support the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) project,
Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia signed Memorandum of Understanding to
create the NFV Interoperability Testing Initiative (NFV-ITI).

* The main objective of NFV-ITI is to promote competition and create industry
alignment on generic principles for NFV interoperability testing and
support for specific customer situations.

· NFV-ITI will address NFV multi-vendor interoperability
challenges for communication service providers, enabling them to optimize NFV
deployment and integration costs, and reduce time-to-market for new services.

California, US, Stockholm, Sweden, Shenzhen, China, Espoo, Finland, December
20th, 2016 - Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia today announced they have
signed a MoU to create the NFV Interoperability Testing Initiative (NFV-ITI)
that will help communication service providers to address the challenges
related to NFV deployment and Cloud transformation within multi-vendor
network environments.

The deployment and integration of virtual network functions within today's
multi-vendor environments can introduce new interoperability challenges. To
address these challenges, NFV-ITI members will cooperatively support the
interoperability of NFV elements in specific customer situations to
accelerate the commercial implementations, and to reduce the time-to-market
for new applications and services.

All the existing NFV interoperability related testing activities have been
triggered by different needs of the industry, including the European
Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV Testing WG, OPNFV testing
projects, Network Vendor Interoperability Testing (NVIOT) testing, and the
New IP Agency (NIA) interoperability testing.

Complementing all the existing NFV interoperability testing activities in the
industry, NFV-ITI will focus on testing interoperability configurations of
commercial NFV solutions actually used in the communication service
providers' networks. It will recommend generic principles, including
interoperability test cases, test criteria, processes, methods, guidelines,
templates, and testing tools, and will also apply best practices from all
existing interoperability testing activities in the industry, such as the
NVIOT forum efforts. NFV-ITI shall be well-aligned with the ETSI NFV Industry
Specification Group and the OPNFV project.

Charles Stucki, vice president and general manager, NFV Business Unit, Service
Provider Business, Cisco, said: "Cisco is focused on driving solutions for an
open network architecture, helping our service provider customers speed
technology adoption and time to market. NFV-ITI will foster collaboration and
open-ness by bringing top vendors together to explore new possibilities for
interoperability, and determine the best technology strategies for our
customers to achieve their business goals."

Martin Bäckström, vice president, Group Function Strategy&Technology,
Ericsson, said: "Through SDN, NFV, and Cloud technologies, Ericsson enables
more flexible and scalable networks that bring innovative services to
customers faster than ever before. By driving industry alignments on
interoperability testing in specific commercial deployments, NFV-ITI will
accelerate industrialization of NFV and help to create an even stronger
ecosystem that benefits operators, customers and vendors everywhere."

Long Jiping, vice president, R&D, Business Unit Cloud Core Network, Huawei,
said: "Cloud transformation has been the prevailing trend with carrier
networks. Huawei is dedicated to promoting cloud transformation and helping
carriers to construct an efficient, agile, and cloud-based network, by
providing fully cloudified products and solutions as well as an open and
collaborative ecosystem. NFV-ITI is an important step towards cooperation
between vendors and will address multi-vendor NFV interoperability
challenges. We hope additional vendors in this field can join us to create
this mutually beneficial industry."

Ron Haberman, vice president, CloudBand, Nokia, said: "Supporting the creation
of the NFV-ITI is another step towards ensuring service providers can
smoothly migrate to cloud networks within today's multi-vendor
environment.While the network model is changing with NFV, the need for true
carrier-grade performance remains paramount. Ensuring the integration,
automation and interoperability of robust, well-architected virtualization
solutions is critical to the performance, scalability, resiliency and
manageability our customers demand."

The general guiding principles for NFV-ITI are openness, fairness,
reasonableness and non-discriminatory treatment. All relevant NFV vendors are
welcome to join this initiative by ratifying the NFV-ITI MoU.

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize
the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when
you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to
http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

About Ericsson

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in
communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with
every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society
to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband
and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do
better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture
new opportunities.

With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we
combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support
networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the
world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments
in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers -
stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales
in2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on
NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

www.ericsson.com

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About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT)
solutions provider. Driven by responsible operations, ongoing innovation, and
open collaboration, we have established a competitive ICT portfolio of
end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud
computing. Our ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than
170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population.
With more than 170,000 employees, Huawei is committed to enabling the future
information society, and building a Better Connected World.

www.huawei.com

About Nokia

Nokia is a global leader in creating the technologies at the heart of our
connected world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs,
we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and
consumers, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of
products, services and licensing.

From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to
emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping
the future of technology to transform the human experience.www.nokia.com

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Cisco
Phone: +1 770-236-2181
Email:stutzes@cisco.com(Sara Cicero)

Ericsson Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 10 719 69 92
E-mail:media.relations@ericsson.com

Ericsson Investor Relations
Phone: +46 10 719 00 00
E-mail:investor.relations@ericsson.com

Huawei
Phone: + 86 755-89242309
E-mail:corporate.comms@huawei.com

Nokia Communications
Phone: +358 10 448 4900
E-mail:press.services@nokia.com

NFV-ITI Joint PR Final
http://hugin.info/1061/R/2066298/775710.pdf

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Source: Ericsson via Globenewswire

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