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Emerging Asia-Pac markets edging ahead with NFV

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Thursday 05 March 15

Open source software specialist Red Hat expects worldwide ramp-up to virtual network deployment next year.

Global operator activity around network functions virtualisation (NFV) is rapidly increasing, particularly in emerging Asia-Pacific markets, said Red Hat this week. The world's top 50 telcos are carrying out NFV proof of concepts (POCs) with one or more network equipment providers (NEPs)…

Global operator activity around network functions virtualisation (NFV) is rapidly increasing, particularly in emerging Asia-Pacific markets, said Red Hat this week.

The world's top 50 telcos are carrying out NFV proof of concepts (POCs) with one or more network equipment providers (NEPs), claimed Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager of virtualisation and OpenStack at open source software provider Red Hat, on Wednesday.

"Next year is deployment," he told Total Telecom at Mobile World Congress, adding that Red Hat is seeing a steady stream of requests for proposals (RFPs) covering many aspects of the network, "from the core to the RAN."

In terms of regional development, "we are seeing equal participation [in NFV] in North America and EMEA," he said.

However, emerging markets in Asia-Pacific, unencumbered by legacy infrastructure, are skipping ahead a generation.

"The time to launch will be shorter...They are further ahead in the conversation," said Balakrishnan, without naming specific operators.

The open source software that Red Hat pitches to telcos is designed take cost and complexity out of their networks, and to help them migrate systems and services to cloud-based infrastructure.

"We've had a hundred conversations with different telcos," said Balakrishnan. "They all want two things: low-cost infrastructure running on commodity hardware, and they want to know how they can create an environment where new services can be launched quickly."

NFV promises to address these twin demands, providing an "Internet-grade development environment to carriers," that dramatically cuts the time between conceiving a new service and launching it, he said.

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