Telefonica Selects HP OpenNFV Platform to Build Its UNICA Infrastructure

March 3, 2015 • Press Release

HP Designated as the Technology Provider and Systems Integrator for UNICA, the Basis of Telefonica's Global NFV and SDN Strategy

BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwired - Mar 3, 2015) - At Mobile World Congress Telefnica and HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that the telecommunications company has selected HP as the technology provider and systems integrator of the Telefnica Virtualization Infrastructure (project UNICA). Telefnica will implement the end-to-end HP OpenNFV platform stack, including server, software, orchestration and networking technologies, carrier grade HP Helion OpenStack technology, services and expertise.

Telefnica UNICA - Transforming away from a proprietary, siloed network infrastructure
The Telefnica UNICA initiative marks a paradigm shift in the way telco networks are designed and installed using existing virtualization technologies. UNICA is focused on extracting maximum benefits from network functions virtualization (NFV), software defined networking (SDN), and cloud technologies. It involves moving from proprietary "vertical" silos to an open, unified "horizontal" architecture, bringing in the future improved centralized management and orchestration (MANO) capabilities and shared hardware resources across services, dramatically reducing operating costs.

"For Telefonica, UNICA is just the first step for a wide and ambitious vision which results in the best experience for our customers. We are starting here with HP, not just a new way to deploy networks, even more, a new way to deploy services all based in cloud," said Enrique Blanco, Global CTO of Telefnica.

NFV will make it quicker and easier for Telefnica to introduce and replicate new services and upgrade the network -- upgrades will be possible in hours, even minutes, instead of months since services are not being tied to physical appliances.

Telefnica plans to follow a three-phase approach to implementing UNICA:

1.Virtualize non-critical systems, such as AAA and IP Media Subsystem (IMS), deploying them as virtual network functions (VNFs)
2.Transform to NFV core networks like virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) for LTE
3.Virtualize critical systems like Home Subscriber Server (HSS) and Home Location Register (HLR)

At the same time, Telefonica will use UNICA to deploy new cloud based services and to migrate current virtualized services, in an unprecedented transformation of internal management.

HP OpenNFV Platform - An end-to-end virtualization stack built around openness
The HP approach to NFV is built around adherence to openness and standards. A key benefit of this methodology is the ability to enable other telco ecosystem vendors to introduce new innovations on top of the HP OpenNFV platform, including network equipment providers (NEPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), and systems integrators (SIs). This allows telecommunications providers to choose different components from the vendors that best meet their needs.

"Telefnica was one of the first to realize NFV's potential to transform its network to meet growing customer demands and increasing competitive pressures," said Saar Gillai, senior vice president, general manager, Network Functions Virtualization, HP. "Telefnica's UNICA initiative and HP's OpenNFV Platform -- both launched just one year ago -- represent real progress in making the transformation to NFV and together will serve as an important point of reference for the telecommunications industry."

A key requirement for network transformation through NFV is the shift from expensive, proprietary appliances to open, standards-based hardware. The HP OpenNFV platform is fully compatible with industry standard servers, storage and networking offerings, enabling higher flexibility at a lower cost for deploying and running telecommunications services. The HP OpenNFV platform stack includes:


  • HP Converged Infrastructure - Provides workload-optimized systems to run virtualized functions on the carrier network, including compute, storage and networking
  • HP Helion CloudSystem - A complete, integrated, and open solution for building and managing NFV cloud platforms -- helps automate service lifecycle management for any cloud service, from infrastructure to application
  • HP NFV Director - Implements NFV orchestration functionality in the emerging model from European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) critical to NFV operation
  • Carrier grade HP Helion OpenStack - A commercial distribution built on OpenStack technology, providing an open, scalable, and highly available cloud platform that meets CSPs demanding reliability requirements
  • HP Distributed Cloud Networking (DCN) - An SDN virtualization solution that optimizes network resources, increasing agility and speeding time-to-market through dynamic, service-driven configuration


HP Communication and Media Solution experts in conjunction with Technology Services Consulting will help Telefnica prepare the current network infrastructure to adapt to the needs of the next generation services based on NFV and SDN technologies. HP Technology Services Consulting will work with Telefnica to establish the infrastructure designs to meet the performance and availability requirements of VNF, orchestration and carrier grade HP Helion OpenStack. In addition, HP plans to establish an NFV presence in Madrid to support Telefnica's network transformation and define a common strategy.

Telefnica will demonstrate certain services running over an end to end virtualized network, including selected VNFs running on UNICA Execution Environment, at Mobile World Congress 2015, March 2-5, Barcelona, in the Telefnica booth (Hall 3, Stand 3J20). HP and its partners will present several HP OpenNFV demonstrations in the HP booth (Hall 3, Stand 3A20) and the HP Application Partner Showcase (Hall 2, Stand 2D50).

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society.With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world.More information about HP is available at

About Telefnica
Telefnica 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, Telefnica 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 21 countries and a customer base of more than 341 million accesses around the world. Telefnica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

The OpenStack Word Mark and OpenStack Logo are either registered trademarks/service marks or trademarks/service marks of the OpenStack Foundation, in the United States and other countries and are used with the OpenStack Foundation's permission. We are not affiliated with, endorsed or sponsored by the OpenStack Foundation, or the OpenStack community.

Forward-Looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of HP for future operations, including the separation transaction; the future performance of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. if the separation is completed; any statements concerning expected development, performance, market share or competitive performance relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the need to address the many challenges facing HP's businesses; the competitive pressures faced by HP's businesses; risks associated with executing HP's strategy, including the planned separation transaction, and plans for future operations and investments; the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the need to manage third-party suppliers and the distribution of HP's products and services effectively; the protection of HP's intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties; risks associated with HP's international operations; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its suppliers, customers, clients and partners; the hiring and retention of key employees; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; the execution, timing and results of restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost and the anticipated benefits of implementing those plans; the execution, timing and results of the separation transaction or restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost (including any possible disruption of HP's business) and the anticipated benefits of implementing the separation transaction and restructuring plans; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in HP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2015, and HP's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

2014 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.