The Race to Virtualization
While 72% of communication service providers of all sizes have pledged their commitment to SDN, NFV or both, a slight majority plan on implementing NFV first, according to a survey.
Heavy Reading's SDN/NFV Tracker Survey found that 31% of the operators in the survey planned on deploying SDN and NFV at the same time, but 24% said they would go with NFV first compared to the 17% that planned to start with SDN.
The investment in NFV will be led by the virtualization of mobile network functions, which will grow from $11.8 billion in 2020, up from the current base of $2 billion.
The growth of NFV in fixed networks was projected to reach almost $3.9 billion by 2020. Beyond 2020, the Heavy Reading survey said there was potential for stronger wireless growth as the market moves to adopt Cloud RAN on a large commercial scale. SDN growth will start to ramp up in 2018.
— Mike Robuck, Editor, Telco Transformation
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On-the-Air Thursdays Digital Audio
ARCHIVED | December 7, 2017, 12pm EST
Orange has been one of the leading proponents of SDN and NFV. In this Telco Transformation radio show, Orange's John Isch provides some perspective on his company's NFV/SDN journey.
Special Huawei Video
Huawei Network Transformation Seminar The adoption of virtualization technology and cloud architectures by telecom network operators is now well underway but there is still a long way to go before the transition to an era of Network Functions Cloudification (NFC) is complete.
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