XL Axiata – the second-largest mobile network operator in Indonesia – has selected Ericsson’s 5G-ready cloud core technology to help simplify its operations and prepare for the increase in data traffic that an upgrade to fifth generation networking will require.
XL Axiata will take advantage of Ericsson’s Cloud Packet Core and Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) to enable distributed 5G architecture which can be managed remotely, and handle the huge jump in 5G data demands.
“Data consumption in Indonesia is growing rapidly and users are constantly looking out for cutting-edge technologies every day,” said Yessie D. Yosetya, Chief Technology Officer, XL Axiata. “By investing in advanced Cloud Packet Core solutions, we will be able to remain at the technology forefront and address the increasingly high demands of our tech-savvy customers. Ericsson is one of our key network partners and we are confident that this deployment will further enhance the quality of our network performance.”
Huge jump in data usage
According to the June 2019 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, data consumption will see a 10-fold increase on 5G devices in Indonesia, as consumers upgrade to new handsets, and take advantage of emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality. Ericsson’s solutions will help XL Axiata to prepare for this increase in data traffic, simplify operations and secure 5G revenues.
“Ericsson has been leading the virtual evolved packet core [EPC] and NFVI market for several years now,” explained Jerry Soper, Head of Ericsson Indonesia. “The maturity of our software applications, stability of our operational performance, as well as our exceptional local delivery capabilities, were critical for winning XL Axiata’s confidence in our solutions. This deal is proof of our continued leadership in packet core as well as our commitment to working with XL Axiata in preparation for 5G services.”
Ericsson’s Cloud Core Packet solution enables network operators to essentially pick and mix virtualized network functions (VNFs), from a menu of dual-mode microservices such as EPC, 5GC, and operational and management features.