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ETSI standards group for network functions virtualization

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ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France – 22 January 2013

ETSI Industry Specification Group will develop requirements and architecture for virtualization of various functions of telecoms networks.

Seven of the world’s leading telecoms network operators have initiated a new standards group for virtualization of network functions. AT&T, BT, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Verizon have been joined by 52 other network operators, telecoms equipment vendors, IT vendors and technology providers to create the ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) for Network Functions Virtualization. The first meeting of this new group took place on 15-17 January 2013 in Sophia Antipolis, France where Dr. Prodip Sen of Verizon Communications was elected to chair the ISG for the first two years, Mr. Uwe Michel of Deutsche Telekom was elected vice-chair for the same period and Mr. Don Clarke of BT was appointed Technical Manager.

The ETSI Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualization (ISG NFV) will develop requirements and architecture specifications for the hardware and software infrastructure required to support virtualized functions, as well as guidelines for developing network functions. This effort will incorporate existing virtualization technologies and existing standards as appropriate and will co-ordinate with ongoing work in other standards committees. The first specifications are expected before the end of 2013. ETSI ISG NFV is open to all ETSI Members as well as to non-members of ETSI.

For further information: www.etsi.org/news-events/news/644-2013-01-isg-nfv-created

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