ETSI NFV PoC ZONE @ SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2015



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The ETSI NFV PoC ZONE is the world's largest Showcase of Live NFV Proof of Concepts under one roof, officially accepted by the NFV ISG.


These are not single-vendor demonstrations, but a global Showcase for the blossoming NFV ecosystem of over 100 carriers, suppliers and integrators who are materially supporting the ETSI NFV Proof-of-Concept program.


It's a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and insight about this critical technology - and what the current reality is - in order to strengthen your strategic planning and decision-making, and help identify which NFV solutions may be viable in your network.


"The ETSI NFV PoC ZONE is an important opportunity to gauge industry prowess on NFV implementation and to interact with the PoC participants to discuss their results, learn about the challenges they faced and what they see as the next steps for NFV implementation"
- Don Clarke, Chair of the Network Operator Council, ETSI NFV ISG

Following the great success of the first ETSI NFV PoC ZONE during SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in 2014, ETSI has partnered again with Layer123 and is pleased to announce its second edition during the next SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, October 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany.


The ETSI NFV PoC ZONE is an area within the World Congress Exhibition, dedicated to the demonstration of Network Function Virtualisation Proofs of Concept (NFV PoCs) accepted by ETSI NFV ISG.*


The NFV Ecosystem has taken root over the past two years and is thriving with innovation - see it live at this year's SDN World Congress!


Take a look at the world's largest Showcase of NFV PoCs officially accepted by the ISG - 2015's ETSI NFV PoC ZONE:


All trademarks acknowledged. Please note: company marks are used to flag organisations participating or co-operating in each PoC or Demo - no further technical or business relationship between organisations, nor endorsement of organisations, is implied or should be inferred from the presence or absence of company marks.



PoC #25 : Virtual EPC (vEPC) Applications and Enhanced Resource


PoC #27 : VoLTE Service based on vEPC and vIMS Architecture


PoC #32 : Distributed Multi-domain Policy Management and Charging Control in a virtualised environment


PoC #34 : SDN Enabled Virtual EPC Gateway


PoC #35 : Availability Management with Stateful Fault Tolerance


PoC #36 : Orchestrated Assurance enabled by NFV


PoC #38 : Full ISO 7-layer stack fulfilment, activation and orchestration of VNFs in carrier networks

PoC #25 : Virtual EPC (vEPC) Applications and Enhanced Resource



This demo showcases a Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) network, with a full NFV Infrastructure software stack, and demonstrates VNF Failover, on different CPU Architecture platforms.

PoC #27 : VoLTE Service based on vEPC and vIMS Architecture



This PoC aims at demonstrating the feasibility of end-to-end VoLTE service based on vEPC and vIMS architecture that can be running on multi-vendor NFV environment.

With the SDN and packet processing accelerator technologies introduced, the controller plane and user plane of the vEPC Gateway (vSGW and vPGW) can be decoupled, and the DPDK and SR-IOV technologies can be introduced into the SDN-based forwarding equipments of data plane for high-speed data package processing. In the demo, the NFV architecture framework, function blocks, information models and information flows can be validated; the life-cycle management of end-to-end VoLTE service running on multi-vendors NFV environment can be demonstrated; the VoLTE service environment monitoring, management and maintenance can be achieved; and the scaling of vEPC VNFs and/or vIMS VNFs across multi-vendors VIMs can be tested while keeping the service availability.

The control plane of the SDN-enhanced Vic can control one or more forwarding equipment, so the forwarding equipment can be distributed. Accelerator technologies (such as DPDK, SRIOV) are introduced to implement high speed data forwarding at SGW-U/PGW-U.

PoC #32 : Distributed Multi-domain Policy Management and Charging Control in a virtualised environment

Huawei Intel
Procera Red-Hat


PoC #32 demonstrates a virtualized PCC architecture in line with NFV requirements and recommendations and illustrates how multi-vendor VNFs can be deployed in an NFVI ecosystem consisting of x86 based COTS hardware using a multi-vendor VNF managers and orchestration layer.

The developed platforms include many of the components from the ETSI NFV reference architecture and show how existing vendor solutions and open source tools can be used to create and deploy an NFV based PCC architecture. The PCC VNFs used in the PoC are a PCRF, SPR, DRA, OCS, and PCEF. Although the PoC is primarily focused on demonstrating a virtualized PCC architecture, it also incorporates a number of other aspects and components of NFV; including, but not limited to, VNF and infrastructure management and monitoring, service design and orchestration, automated analytics based scaling, VNF lifecycle management, service monetization monitoring, and deploying Multiple independent services on the same compute infrastructure.

PoC #34 : SDN Enabled Virtual EPC Gateway

Telenor Vodafone
Altiostar HP
ImVision Red-Hat


PoC#34 showcases a new implementation of LTE and EPC architecture enabled by SDN and NFV.

In this PoC, SDN components provide the EPC user plane while VNFs implement an EPC (S-GW/P-GW) control plane. The PoC demonstrates this implementation in a multi-vendor environment. Components of the PoC include – MANO, NFVI, VIM and SDN functions with VNFs providing 3GPP functions like virtualized eNB (baseband), MME, S/P Gateway Control; Gi-LAN functions are also included. The eNB included in the PoC comprises a remote radio head and virtualized base band that interfaces with the MME which in turn uses 3GPP standard interfaces to work with the S/P GW Control VNFs.

The PoC not only shows how SDN can be used to redesign a 3GPP network in the NFV environment but also includes a video use case that benefits directly from the new implementation model. The SDN/NFV implementation enables the S-GW and P-GW control and user planes to scale independently. It also allows the EPC user plane functions to be provided at multiple locations, as opposed to models where all traffic within an APN is aggregated at a central Gi point. In this PoC central and multiple edge locations will be demonstrated, and this enables select Gi functions to be moved closer to the edge. Traffic flows from a given UE (within an APN) can be serviced simultaneously from both from central and edge sites. Moving select flows closer to the edge can benefit applications in terms of reduced latency (better QoE), and can also reduce operator bandwidth needs. This also makes it possible to move caches much deeper into 3GPP networks, thereby caching popular videos closer to the radio edge, which will benefit both consumers and operators.

PoC #35 : Availability Management with Stateful Fault Tolerance

Allot Brocade Stratus


This availability management and stateful fault tolerance PoC, will show how to seamlessly protect VNFs in a variety of availability modes including Fault Tolerant (FT) with state redundancy, High Availability (HA), and General Availability (GA).

It shows how complete fault management can be provided by the software infrastructure for monolithic VNFs, as well as componentized VNFs where the control functions are separated from the forwarding functions. With forwarding functions having different latency and state redundancy requirements, it means different application elements can be deployed with different state redundancy for optimal latency and performance. It also shows how resiliency management functionality can be added to the Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) layer that leverages OpenStack through Heat.

PoC #36 : Orchestrated Assurance enabled by NFV

Cisco Intel
Netrounds Telco-Systems


This PoC demo will show the value and benefits of using integrated fulfilment and assurance components as part of the NFV orchestration, using YANG as descriptor schema language, covering OSS service models as well as the NFV-MANO descriptors.

The PoC will show that service KPIs can be bound to the orchestrated service and monitored actively from an end-user perspective by using virtual test agents (VTAs). So not only is the NFV orchestrator configuring the VNFs representing the service but is also performing sibling provisioning of virtual test agents (probes) that actively monitor the service.

The demonstration is based around HTTP video streaming, and the scenario also contains an orchestrated L3VPN to interconnect the video source with the end users. Distributed virtual test agents will actively measure and monitor video quality as well as network performance, which will make it possible to determine whether the orchestration of the video service was successful from an end-user perspective. If measurement results are not within acceptable limits, the orchestrator will take actions to adjust and re-apply its configuration, thereby effectively closing the loop between fulfilment and assurance.

PoC #38 : Full ISO 7-layer stack fulfilment, activation and orchestration of VNFs in carrier networks

Alcatel-Lucent F5
HP Nuage Networks


PoC #38 will demonstrate an end-to-end NFV solution based on ETSI NFV architectural framework.

The figure below shows the overall architecture of our PoC. The PoC includes VNFs with their respective VNF manager, an NFV Orchestrator, a VIM, an NFVI and SDN components: SDN controller and SDN virtual network.


ETSI is the home of the NFV ISG (Industry Specification Group) that was created in 2012. Its purpose is to define the requirements and architecture for the virtualisation of network functions.



The ETSI NFV ISG has developed an NFV PoC Framework to coordinate and promote multi-vendor Proofs of Concept (PoC) illustrating key aspects of NFV ISG work. NFV PoC is intended to demonstrate NFV as a viable technology. Results are fed back to the NFV Industry Specification Group. NFV PoC also help to develop a diverse, open, NFV ecosystem.



The ETSI NFV PoC ZONE is a unique opportunity to promote your organisation’s expertise in NFV at Europe’s largest SDN and NFV Congress and principal Congress for network innovation. By participating in the ETSI NFV PoC ZONE you contribute to raising industrial awareness and confidence in NFV as a viable technology. With over 1,300 delegates and exhibition visitors expected to attend, and an extensive global media and video presence at the Congress, this is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work.


* NFV PoC are intended to demonstrate NFV as a viable technology. Results are fed back to the NFV Industry Specification Group. Neither ETSI, the ETSI NFV ISG, nor its members make any endorsement of any product or implementation claiming to demonstrate or conform to NFV. No verification or test is performed by ETSI on any part of these NFV PoC.


All trademarks acknowledged