US-listed, Amsterdam-based telecoms group VimpelCom Ltd has partnered with ZTE Corporation to build a complete virtual network infrastructure providing 4G/3G/2G mobile data services to customers across five markets in 2016. ZTE’s virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) network will be introduced in Kyrgyzstan and Laos in February 2016, with subsequent Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) rollouts in Uzbekistan, Armenia and Tajikistan during the course of 2016. Yogesh Malik, Group Chief Technology Officer at VimpelCom, said: ‘The reinvention of the current network to one that is software-driven and asset-light plays an important part in our digital transformation and is a leap forward in bringing the digital world to each and every customer as they navigate their digital lives.’
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