Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation and number of customers. With its best in class mobile, fixed and broadband networks, and innovative portfolio of digital solutions, Telefónica is transforming itself into a ‘Digital Telco’, a company that will be even better placed to meet the needs of its customers and capture new revenue growth. The company has a significant presence in 24 countries and a customer base that amounts more than 313 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

Telefónica is working in optimising the benefits from Telefónica’s scale while achieving further efficiency for the whole Company through activities such as simplification, standardization, streamlining, consolidation and global sourcing.

Network Functions Virtualization programme inside Telefónica aims to reduce operational costs, promote interoperability, and provide a more open ecosystem to make it easier to adapt and expand services.

Telefónica I+D and Telefónica Global Resources units are working together to boost network Virtualization baseline technologies helping their ecosystem of partners and network equipment providers test and develop virtual network functions.

End to End Network Function Virtualization Architecture Instantiation

For over 2 years now, since the ETSI NFV ISG inception in Darmstadt October 2012, NFV has been capturing the Telco industry imagination, its promises and benefits are clear and well understood.

NFV Reference Platform in Telefónica: Bringing Lab Experience to Real Deployments

This paper reviews Telefónica’s vision and experience on the development of Network Virtualization technologies, both in the lab and in the field, and explains the work in its Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Reference Lab, in collaboration with strategic partners from the industry to enable carrier-grade features in common virtualization technologies.

Network Virtualisation Vision & Strategy

Network Virtualisation Vision and Strategy (based on lesson learned). In short: 1. Network Virtualisation is not Cloud Computing 2. High and predictable performance is achievable (e.g. vCPE, vCG-NAT, vBRAS…) as long as you know how! 3. Transformation can be accelerated, co-developing in a fast lane 4. More work is needed on closing the gaps and getting the industry focused on providing real value

A joint Vision on Network Virtualisation

A joint Vision on Network Virtualisation of China Unicom and Telefónica. The key objective of the authors for this white paper is to outline the benefits and challenges for deploying on their networks the technologies based in the concepts of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and to encourage the industry in developing the solutions that the authors demand.

NV Reference architecture & ecosystem

A future-proof network architecture requires distributing data plane, intensive functions and centralising control plane ones. There will be two kinds of Virtualized Network Infrastructure: local PoPs and regional Data Centres. The network differs from the computing environment in 2 key factors: Data plane workloads and Network requires shape. ETSI NFV ISG has generated a reference architecture for ensuring interoperability and carrier grade performance.

Making NFV Work: PoCs Webinar

Making NFV Work: PoCs & Trials Webinar of Francisco-Javier Ramón. Link:

GAP Analysis and Requests for enhacement

This document presents some gaps in KVM and Openstack. Specifically, most of the documented gaps are actually gaps of the libvirt library. Since libvirt is the library used by qemu-kvm and any virtual machine manager, and it is also used by OpenStack to communicate with hosts, those gaps in libvirt translate directly into lack of functionality in virtual machine managers and Openstack