Saturday, 10 December 2016

Network Functions Virtualisation: Flexible Working

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom+
Friday 05 September 14

NFV involves significant investment for telecoms operators, but there are steps they can take now to capitalise on the flexibility it promises.

Telecoms operators are keen to inject some flexibility into their networks. Virtualising key network functions will enable them to do that and recent NFV-related announcements from both tier-one operators and smaller players across the world suggest that virtualisation is starting to move from hype to reality. Mass-market rollouts are some way off though, and many telcos are still weighing up their options, particularly when it comes to financing NFV projects. But there are steps telcos can take now to capitalise on that promised flexibility, provided they are willing to adopt a ‘beta’ approach to new services. The global network functions virtualisation (NFV) market will be worth US$2.4 billion in 2018, up from $181 million last year, according to Anaylsys Mason. “We forecast that NFV and SDN drivers will start to overpower inhibitors in 2016,” principal analyst Glen Ragoonanan predicted in June. “The clever service providers are looking at those functions where you can capture value today…

Telecoms operators are keen to inject some flexibility into their networks. Virtualising key network functions will enable them to do that and recent NFV-related announcements from both tier-one operators and smaller players across the world suggest that virtualisation is starting to move from hype to reality. Mass-market rollouts are some way off though, and many telcos are still weighing up their options, particularly when it comes to financing NFV projects. But there are steps telcos can take now to capitalise on that promised flexibility, provided they are willing to adopt a ‘beta’ approach to new services. The global network functions virtualisation (NFV) market will be worth US$2.4 billion in 2018, up from $181 million last year, according to Anaylsys Mason. “We forecast that NFV and SDN drivers will start to overpower inhibitors in 2016,” principal analyst Glen Ragoonanan predicted in June. “The clever service providers are looking at those functions where you can capture value today…

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