NFV – ready SON – making virtualization seamless

Virtualization is one of the hottest topics of discussion in telecoms today. Enabled by NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) and SDN (Software Defined Networking), virtualization promises to deliver a revolution that will free operators from dedicated hardware, allowing them to cut costs at the same time as providing a more flexible and scalable network.

A recent report[1] by SNS Research forecasts that nearly $20 billion will be invested in NFV and SDN by network operators by the end of 2020, driven by potential CAPEX and OPEX savings. Most network operators have already made some steps towards virtualization, but these have currently not progressed very far beyond the proof of concept (PoC) phase. Vodafone, for example, reported at last month’s Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas, that it had already undertaken a multi-vendor PoC for its planned new enterprise service, VPN+, but that work was continuing in order to bring supplier relationships to the required level.[2]    Read the full post at:





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