Monday, 24 July 2017

SDN & NFV in Mobile Networks

A Knowledge Network Article: Kevin Shatzkamer, CTO, Mobile Networking, Brocade
Wednesday 18 February 15

With some analyst firms reporting that SDN-driven backhaul could save carriers up to $9 billion by 2017, mobile network operators (MNOs) are evaluating software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) because they provide the opportunity to make the transition from appliance-based, proprietary hardware implementations to software-based, open platforms. Already, there has been tremendous focus from MNOs in the evolution of their mobile edge to incorporate virtualization into their infrastructure, from cloud RAN through virtual LTE evolved packet core and Gi-LAN virtual services. These technologies are crucial in refining their operational models to improve margins in existing businesses, and critical as MNOs attempt to capture new revenue streams, such as machine-to-machine and next-generation mobile virtual network operators, with economics that are substantially different from their current business…

With some analyst firms reporting that SDN-driven backhaul could save carriers up to $9 billion by 2017, mobile network operators (MNOs) are evaluating software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) because they provide the opportunity to make the transition from appliance-based, proprietary hardware implementations to software-based, open platforms. Already, there has been tremendous focus from MNOs in the evolution of their mobile edge to incorporate virtualization into their infrastructure, from cloud RAN through virtual LTE evolved packet core and Gi-LAN virtual services. These technologies are crucial in refining their operational models to improve margins in existing businesses, and critical as MNOs attempt to capture new revenue streams, such as machine-to-machine and next-generation mobile virtual network operators, with economics that are substantially different from their current business…

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