ETSI NFV PoC ZONE 2015 @ SDN & OpenFlow World Congress

Following the great success of the first ETSI NFV PoC ZONE during SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in 2014, ETSI has partnered again with Layer123 and is pleased to announce its second edition during the next SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, taking place on 12-16 October 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The ETSI NFV PoC ZONE is an area within the World Congress Exhibition dedicated to the demonstration of Network Function Virtualisation Proofs of Concept (NFV PoCs) accepted by ETSI NFV ISG.



ETSI is the home of the NFV ISG (Industry Specification Group) that was created in 2012. Its purpose is to define the requirements and architecture for the virtualisation of network functions.


The ETSI NFV ISG NFV PoC Framework was created to coordinate and promote multi-vendor Proofs of Concept (PoC) illustrating key aspects of the NFV ISG work. PoC Results are fed back to the NFV ISG Working Groups. The NFV ISG PoC Framework is a key to develop a diverse, open, NFV ecosystem.

About ETSI NFV ISG Hot Topics

As the NFV ISG progresses its work towards interoperability in 2015 and delivers the first specifications of its Phase 2, the upcoming NFV PoC ZONE will take industry innovation to a new level with demonstrations focusing on NFV ISG Hot Topics.


The ETSI NFV PoC ZONE hosts demonstrations of multi-vendor Proof of Concept (PoC) projects developed according to the NFV ISG PoC Framework. It is a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and insight about NFV technology - and what the current reality is,  and help identify which NFV solutions may be viable in the network.

"The ETSI NFV PoC ZONE is an important opportunity to gauge industry prowess on NFV implementation and to interact with the PoC participants to discuss their results, learn about the challenges they faced and what they see as the next steps for NFV implementation" - Don Clarke, Chair of the Network Operator Council, ETSI NFV ISG

NFV PoC are intended to demonstrate NFV as a viable technology. Results are fed back to the NFV Industry Specification Group.

Neither ETSI, the ETSI NFV ISG, nor its members make any endorsement of any product or implementation claiming to demonstrate or conform to NFV. No verification or test is performed by ETSI on any part of these NFV PoC.

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  • PoC#25: Demonstration of Virtual EPC (vEPC) Applications and Enhanced Resource Management
  • PoC#27: VoLTE Service based on vEPC and vIMS Architecture
  • PoC#32: Distributed Multi-domain Policy Management and Charging Control in a virtualised environment
  • PoC#34: SDN Enabled Virtual EPC Gateway
  • PoC#35: Availability Management with Stateful Fault Tolerance
  • PoC#36: Orchestrated Assurance enabled by NFV
  • PoC#38: Full ISO 7-layer stack fulfilment, activation and orchestration of VNFs in carrier networks


  • The number of NFV PoCs that will be demonstrated in the NFV PoC ZONE 2015 is limited due to space restrictions.
  • All the on-going NFV ISG PoCs are invited to apply to the NFV PoC ZONE 2015.
  • Only complete applications (completed form & required attachments) will be considered as valid applications for the PoC ZONE.
  • Priority will be given to PoCs working on NFV ISG hot Topics, other PoCs will be selected on a “First come, First served” basis.
  • Registration will be open from 03/06/2015 until 14/08/2015.
  • Acceptance in the PoC ZONE will be communicated to PoC Teams on 01/09/2015.


On-going NFV ISG PoCs can apply for participating in the PoC ZONE by submitting the completed ETSI NFV PoC ZONE APPLICATION FORM to


ETSI has negotiated the following preferential terms for participation in the ETSI NFV PoC ZONE with the Congress organizers, Layer123.
ETSI does not have any financial interest in this activity; the participants pay the Congress organizers directly.

CAT 1. Service Provider, Content Provider and Network Operator – free participation
CAT 2. World Congress Sponsor – free participation
CAT 3. Non-sponsoring Vendors  £3000
CAT 4. Non-Commercial Rate  £1500

Additional offer to each ETSI PoC Zone participating organisation:
- One World Congress staff pass (this is in addition to any existing sponsorship agreement)
- Listing on the World Congress website – as ETSI PoC Zone Participating Organisation

Additional Congress passes can be purchased at

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