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Ericsson: Telefonica selects Ericsson for global UNICA program

* UNICA project aims to virtualize network functions across all Telef?nica's
* Global partnership to start with Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
deployment in Germany during 2016
* Ericsson to supply its new Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000, Ericsson
Cloud Manager, Cloud SDN and automation, as well as systems integration and
support services

Telef?nica, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, has
selected Ericsson as one of the main global partners in their cloud-based
virtualization project, known as UNICA. The program aims to provide the
infrastructure and software required to implement the UNICA concept in
Telef?nica, and Ericsson will begin deployment in Telef?nica Germany during

UNICA is one of the industry's most ambitious virtualization projects, aimed
at virtualizing network functions in an automated way across all of
Telef?nica's operations.

As part of the agreement, Ericsson will supply the new Hyperscale Datacenter
System 8000, Ericsson Cloud Manager, OpenStack based Cloud Execution
Environment, Cloud SDN and automation required for the project. In addition,
Ericsson will provide systems integration and support services to deploy the
certified solution in Germany.

Enrique Blanco, Global CTO of Telef?nica, says: "Ericsson's global reach and
cutting-edge technology in the field of network virtualization were key
factors in the decision to make them part of this project. We look forward to
beginning this rollout in Germany in the near future."

Anders Lindblad, Head of Cloud and IP, Ericsson, says: "Telef?nica's decision
to select Ericsson for the UNICA project is further evidence that our
hardware, our software and our skilled workforce are at the forefront when it
comes to network virtualization."

Telef?nica will certify the Ericsson solution to ensure fulfillment of UNICA
functionalities and roadmap during Q1 and Q2, targeting the rollout of UNICA
in Germany during Q4 2016.

Telef?nica will continue to collaborate with other key players in order to
complete its architecture focused towards a multi vendors approach.


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