NTT DATA and VMware, Inc. have announced an expanded collaboration to accelerate the path to software-defined, large-scale open radio access network (O-RAN) deployments through combined solutions and services. The companies will further collaborate to enable the global communications Services provider (CSPs) industry to continue to transform from traditional operations to more agile, cloud-smart approaches in the RAN.

NTT DATA and VMware recognise that CSPs are moving towards an O-RAN future state deployment and seeking to leverage a horizontal, modern telco cloud platform to achieve greater scale, efficiency, and agility in their radio access networks.

NTT DATA’s comprehensive CI/CD/CT framework has been adopted globally across leading operators and now incorporates enhanced support for VMware’s Telco Cloud portfolio. Going forward, the collaboration will address streamlining configuration management, multi-domain service management and orchestration (SMO).

Through this collaboration, NTT DATA and VMware will aim to expedite CSPs’ ability to leverage best practices and O-RAN large scale deployment know-how, including instantiation, configuration, testing and operation of cloud-native functions (CNFs) on either new or existing network deployments.

NTT DATA and VMware are members of the 5G O-RAN Ecosystem eXperience (OREX) established by NTT DOCOMO, which includes a lab to allow other CSPs to test and verify O-RAN and vRAN applications, platforms and systems.

Commenting on the development, Marv Mouchawar, senior vice president, Global Innovation Headquarters, NTT DATA Corporation, said, “Telco workloads experience very consistent performance in VMware’s Telco Cloud ecosystem. We are delighted to expand our collaboration with VMware and allow customers to harness our innovations and growth opportunities.”

Meanwhile, Zia Yusuf, senior vice president, strategic ecosystem and industry solutions, VMware, said, “VMware and NTT are further simplifying and accelerating the transformation of service provider networks. As a GSI ecosystem partner focused on the Telco industry, NTT DATA brings a unique set of capabilities and experience to our mutual customers that enable them to adopt open, modern network approaches such as O-RAN more quickly. Through our combined solutions and services, we will help service providers expand their services portfolios, drive down the cost and complexity of their networks, and increase time to value and profitability.”