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Turkcell Launches Largest Virtualized Mobile Network In EMEA Region

February 07, 2019 / Matt Hamblen

Turkish operator Turkcell and vendor partners Affirmed Networks and Red Hat deployed what they claim is the largest commercial virtualized mobile network in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), supporting 35 million subscribers with a volume of 1.8 terabits per second.Turkcell has now virtualized 18 percent of its voice and data services capacity on its telco cloud and is on track to reach 40 percent by the end of the year. Red Hat Consulting helped design Turkcell’s Unified Telco Cloud, while Affirmed acted as the main systems integrator. Turkcell uses Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform for building hybrid clouds that is supported with Red Hat Ceph Storage.The work is helping Turkcell prepare for the 5G and edge computing evolution in its network, said Turkcell CTO Gediz Sezgin in a statement. “With the Unified Telco Cloud we want to lower the barrier of entry to our own network to make it a breeding ground for innovation and competition [and] we want to unify infra...