Telefonica Vivo Launches 5G-Ready IP Transport Network with Cisco and NEC to Provide Seamless Connections Across Brazil

Cisco and NEC Corporation today announced that Telefonica Vivo is deploying a simplified and automated, 5G-ready IP network for its converged mobile and fixed networks as part of the Fusion Network Project in Brazil supported by industry-leading solutions from the vendors. Cisco and NEC have been closely collaborating in Brazil for over 10 years and now are a part of a Global System Integrator Agreement (GSIA) signed in 2020, enabling them to seamlessly deploy an automated transport 5G-ready network for Telefonica Vivo.

Telefonica designed the Fusion Network Project as a platform for incorporating services into a single network infrastructure, offering advanced communications services, and transforming the customer experience. Leveraging the power of automation, the project aims to offer a more agile, scalable, and flexible network with improved reliability for both residential users and enterprises in the 5G era.

As defined in the Fusion Network Project, Cisco and NEC will work together to optimize Telefonica Vivo’s total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility by simplifying its network architecture and operations, converging mobile and fixed networks, and automating multi-layer networks across packet, optical and microwave domains. In addition, Segment Routing IPv6 will be implemented to enable a unified architecture with network slicing capabilities.

The simplification and automation of a multi-domain, multi-layer converged network coupled with segment routing, will increase Telefonica Vivo’s network scalability and flexibility as it prepares to launch 5G. The Fusion Network Architecture will provide the scalability and flexibility needed to design and deliver new services.

As part of the agreement, Cisco will provide industry-leading network equipment including ASR 9000 and NCS 540 series routers for IP transport, Cisco Crosswork Network Controller as the multi-vendor SDN solution, and Cisco Crosswork Hierarchical Controller to enable multi-vendor and multi-layer automation within the Fusion Network domain. Cisco will serve as the key networking advisor leveraging a long-standing relationship and in-depth understanding of Telefonica Vivo’s network.

Also building on a strong relationship and knowledge of the Telefonica Vivo network, NEC will serve as the key network integrator and provide local engineering capabilities with 5G xHaul transformation services to deliver a scalable migration for thousands of nodes.

“Since the transport network will play a key role in supporting innovative customer experiences and new services built on 5G, we needed trusted partners with a solid track record and local delivery capabilities,” said Elmo Matos, Planning Director, Telefonica Vivo.

“Building on our partnership with NEC, we are pleased to enable Telefonica Vivo in providing faster, more seamless connections through a more modern, simplified network,” said Shaun McCarthy, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Mass Infrastructure Group, Cisco. “It is a great honor for Cisco to help be the bridge that is bringing the Internet for the Future to Brazil.”

“NEC is honored to be selected as key partner for the Fusion Network Project, which is foundational to blossoming digital experiences in 5G,” said Mayuko Tatewaki, General Manager, Service Provider Solutions Division, NEC Corporation. “With Cisco’s trusted solutions combined into NEC’s 5G xHaul Automation Ecosystem and further extended by our network integration capabilities globally and regionally, we are confident the implementation of the next-gen network will help deploy immersive 5G services in Brazil.”

About Telefonica

Telefonica is a leading telecommunications service provider globally. The company offers fixed and mobile connectivity, as well as a wide range of digital services for individual consumers and enterprises. Telefonica has 367 million clients spanning Europe and Latin America. Telefonica is a private company whose shares are listed as TEF on the Bolsa de Madrid, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Bolsa de Valores de Lima.

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About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. For more information, visit NEC at

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O2 / Telefonica Germany and NEC Showcase Open RAN Capabilities with Germany’s First of its Kind Small Cells Deployment

O2 / Telefonica Germany and NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) announced their successful collaboration in launching the first Open and virtual RAN architecture-based small cells in Germany. The service has initially launched in the city center of Munich to enhance the customer experience by providing increased capacity to the existing mobile network in this dense, urban area.

NEC serves as the prime system integrator in the four countries of Telefonica S.A. and NEC’s program to explore ways to apply Open RAN in various geographies (urban, sub-urban, rural) and use cases.

In this German deployment, the flexibility of Open RAN is leveraged through the use of small cells to improve capacity in dense, urban areas. One of the key advantages of Open RAN over a traditional architecture is that it allows wider choice of vendor options. NEC integrated a multi-vendor architecture that includes Airspan Networks Inc.’s* unique Airspeed plug-and-play solution and Rakuten Symphony’s Open vRAN software for O2 / Telefonica Germany’s small cells to complement the existing multi-vendor based macro cells in its network.

The adoption of Open RAN small cells combined with macro cells will pave the way for 5G densification. This will be especially beneficial in Germany, where multiple industries and enterprises are seeking ways to utilize cellular service functionalities in a particular area or in shared physical spaces.

O2 / Telefonica Germany and NEC will continue their collaboration leveraging innovative Open RAN technologies, as well as automation, to validate and deploy advanced networks that efficiently deliver superior customer experiences in the 5G era, with collaboration from key partners.

“We are proud to have launched Germany’s first small cells built on innovative Open RAN technologies that help to complete the delivery of granular, high-quality connectivity in dense urban areas,” said Matthias Sauder, Director Mobile Access & Transport at O2 / Telefonica Germany. “NEC became our partner in this innovative project, with its underlying technological background and experiences of Open RAN technologies.”

“The potential of Open RAN technologies in the 5G era is infinite,” said Shigeru Okuya, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation. “NEC is honored to be the strategic partner to O2 / Telefonica Germany, jointly leading the industry with practical and effective use cases that prove the value of Open RAN.”

Airspan Networks Inc. is a subsidiary of Airspan Network Holdings Inc. (NYSE American: MIMO).

O2 Telefonica Deutschland offers telecommunications services for consumers and business customers as well as innovative digital products and services in the area of the Internet of Things and data analytics. The company is one of the leading integrated telecommunications providers in Germany. In mobile communications alone, O2 Telefonica serves more around 46 million mobile lines (incl. M2M – as of 31.12.2021). No network operator connects more people in this country. Under its core brand O2 and various secondary and partner brands, the company sells postpaid and prepaid mobile communications products with innovative mobile data services. The basis for this is the mobile communications network based on a highly resilient GSM, UMTS and LTE infrastructure. At the same time, the company is building a powerful and energy-efficient 5G network. O2 Telefonica also provides telephony and high-speed Internet products based on various technologies in the fixed-network area. Telefonica Deutschland Holding AG has been listed in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX) since 2012. In the 2021 financial year, the company generated revenue of EUR 7.8 billion with around 7.400 employees. The company is majority-owned by the Spanish telecommunications group Telefonica S.A., headquartered in Madrid. With business activities in 14 countries and a customer base of around 369 million lines, the Group is one of the world’s largest telecommunications providers.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. For more information, visit NEC at

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Telefónica Tech launches blockchain-based document certification service

  • The new service is built on its own TrustOS managed blockchain platform to provide transparency and reliability to any process, document or content managed by companies.
  • As a first experience, Telefónica’s legal department is using the service to record digital evidence in the exchange of confidential information with its partners.

Telefónica Tech announces the launch of an innovative blockchain-based certification service that allows any company to authenticate documents, transactions, projects, files or any type of digital content quickly, easily and with legal support.

Each certification generated through the TrustOS managed blockchain service combines the digital signature of the user (effective proof of the identity of the applicant) with a trace of the content to be certified (proof that the original content remains unchanged since it was certified) and the time stamp inherent in blockchain to establish with complete certainty the time at which the certification was issued. Telefónica Tech’s new service allows companies to generate digital evidence of authorship, ownership and integrity of the dynamic history of versions and interactions of any digital format (files, images, emails, etc.) with the same probative value, compared to a classic digital signature that only offers these guarantees for a specific version of a PDF document.

The service, which is built on the TrustOS platform designed by Telefónica Tech to facilitate and simplify the connection of companies’ business processes with the blockchain network, allows unlimited use cases to be built for numerous productive sectors:

  • Training: Certificates of attendance to courses, congresses and trade fairs, academic qualifications and professional accreditations.
  • Industrial property: Business secrecy, software deposit, trademark protection, infringement of protected content, safeguarding of engineering projects and construction plans.
  • Products: Certificates and compliance with warranty conditions, authenticity and limited series, proof of origin and/or ownership, evidence of preservation and transmissions.
  • Media: Authorship of images and multimedia content, registration of original content, among others.
  • Agriculture: Recording of field notebooks, quality certificates and bio-sanitary analyses.
  • Administrative and legal: Contracts and documents, registration of confidential information, minutes and notifications, digital certification and notarisation.
  • Insurance: Visual recording of claims and documentary evidence, as well as recording of documentation.

Telefónica’s Legal Affairs & Digital Legal Transformation department has started a pilot project to use this technology to track confidential information exchanged with Telefónica’s partners in different projects. Through a simple integration with existing information and document registration systems, employees exchanging confidential information register the documentation and/or e-mails they send to the counterpart. In this way, when any incident or claim related to potential breaches of the confidentiality clauses of any contract occurs, it is possible to demonstrate with digital evidence what information has been shared, when and with whom, quickly identifying the source of the claim and, where appropriate, drastically reducing the time it takes to resolve these incidents.

For Luis Prendes, Global Head of Legal Affairs & Digital Legal Transformation at Telefónica, “the incorporation of innovative technologies such as blockchain in the management of contracts and legal documentation, in general, is a key step for the secure digital transformation of companies. This innovative solution provides full traceability of sensitive information leaving the company’s perimeter and can deal much more efficiently with day-to-day problems such as information leaks and breaches of confidentiality clauses.”

About Telefónica Tech

Telefónica Tech is the leading company in digital transformation. The company offers a wide range of services and integrated technological solutions in Cybersecurity, Cloud, IoT, Big Data and Blockchain. For more information go to:

Telefónica opens a new era for sport with the application of 5G, artificial intelligence and augmented reality

  • With the ‘Sport 4.0’ demo, Telefónica is showing at Mobile the powerful lever that technology represents to boost the visibility and impact of sport in society.
  • The application and combination of technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, edge computing and big data offer new possibilities to improve the performance of athletes and increase the efficiency and sustainability of sports facilities.

Telefónica, as a provider of technological services, is presenting at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) a series of success stories and innovative solutions aimed at the world of sport, a key sector for society and the economy due to its dynamic and structuring nature and the values it transmits. These applications can be seen in the demo that the company is exhibiting at this year’s Mobile, called ‘Sport 4.0’, precisely to capture the fundamental idea that technology is a powerful ally to increase the visibility and impact of sport, which is no stranger to the extraordinary opportunity that digital transformation offers to companies and society as a whole.

Technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, edge computing, IoT and big data offer new possibilities to the world of sport. Among them, the continuous monitoring of physiological and technical aspects of the athlete in order not only to improve their sporting performance, but also to favour such a crucial aspect as their recovery and look after their health to help extend their sporting career.

Telefónica’s solutions and services are also applied to the digitisation of sports spaces and facilities to increase their performance and enhance the uses that can be made of them. In this case, the technology helps to achieve higher standards of efficiency and sustainability and also makes it possible to capture data that can be useful for broadcasts and the athletes themselves. The application of these solutions is the focus of the ‘Sport 4.0’ demo, in which the different real cases exemplify the potential that technology and sport have when they go hand in hand.

Use cases

Telefónica has developed together with Granada Club de Fútbol a transformation project based on the Global Sport Platform of Telefónica Tech IoT & Big Data. The purpose is to analyse the different sources of data to improve sports performance, attract talent and monitor and improve the sports performance of the players in the men’s first team. Combining 5G technology, edge computing and IoT, the platform provides the club with agility and flexibility for rapid decision making. The platform is robust and scalable and is designed to be multi-sport, so it would be suitable for other sporting activities.

“This project goes beyond the sporting level. We intend to initiate a process for the generation of collaborative environments that seeks to have a real impact on society. A process of transformation and professionalisation in the football industry with the aim of implementing synergies within our business group to make Granada CF a benchmark in sport and business and consolidate the sustainable growth of the Club,” said Patricia Rodriguez, director of Granada CF.

“The incorporation of IoT and big data solutions in the sports field will allow coaches and players to know their performance in order to develop better game strategies on the field. Through data analytics, information such as the speed at which they play, the way they run or their heart rate can be obtained in order to improve the way they play and avoid possible injuries and more serious illnesses. This pioneering technology solution opens up a whole world of possibilities for its use not only in football, but also in other sports,” said Gonzalo Martín-Villa, CEO of IoT and Big Data at Telefónica Tech.

Another project that can be seen from Telefónica at this year’s Mobile World Congress is the one carried out at the Abanca-Riazor Stadium in A Coruña, home of Real Club Deportivo, together with partners cinfo and Ericsson. A dedicated 5G network has been installed making it the European stadium with the most complete 5G deployment and largest use cases. The network deployment, together with cinfo’s tiivii product, enables live broadcasts of sporting events with automated edge computing and artificial intelligence, as well as additional services such as KissCam, augmented reality heat mapping and multi-camera TV. This democratises live sports broadcasts and the professional production of all kinds of events, whether regional or local, at a much lower cost.

“Telefónica has deployed in the Abanca Riazor stadium the first use case using 5G technologies in millimetre band, 26GHz. The combination of 5G, edge computing and AI allows us to bring high quality sporting event broadcasts to more clubs and sports,” said Mercedes Fernández, Innovation Manager at Telefónica Spain.

The Wanda Metropolitano is another case in point, having been converted by Telefónica, with the intervention of technologies such as IoT or big data, into the first 100% digital stadium in Europe to generate a unique experience for spectators. Atlético de Madrid’s stadium offers a hyper-connected space with an extraordinarily powerful network infrastructure in which all the services required by the Club are housed.

As with the rest of the experiences that Telefónica offers during the celebration of Mobile, the ‘Sport 4.0’ demo can be visited in person at the stand that the company has at the MWC facilities or in the digital twin that has been created to make it possible to follow the Congress virtually, which includes the transformation booklet that includes the value proposition that the company proposes to the world of sport.

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