With many predicting 2017 as the year in which telco service cost per bit will exceed achievable revenues, operators must act quickly and effectively if they are to avoid large parts of their revenue streams becoming non-profitable.
With this in mind, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)) has captured the imagination of the telecommunications industry. According to iHS (formally Infonetics), 35% of Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are planning to deploy NFV in 2015. Will they all succeed? I suspect not.
The fact is, there are many ways in which NFV could simply perpetuate the status quo. In deploying NFV CSPs may be deploying a ‘new legacy’. That is, creating software-defined silos where previously there were hardware-defined silos. These software silos can be just as inflexible, just as expensive and just as locked-in as their physical counterparts. Continue reading →
Summary – Recently, Light Reading announced the BTE Leading Lights Award Winners. Leading Lights is the preeminent award program for the communication service provider market. This year, two award-winning solutions have one thing in common….the VMware vCloud for NFV Platform.
Vip mobile – Leading Lights Most Innovative NFV Deployment Strategy
This award is given to the network or data center operator that has devised the most innovative network functions virtualization (NFV) deployment strategy during the past year, and we’re excited to share that VMware customer Vip mobile (Telekom Austria) was selected as the winner. VMware worked in collaboration with Connectem (acquired by Brocade) to provide a vEPC solution for world’s first fully virtualized LTE Core at Vip mobile. Continue reading →
Not since the first dot-com boom has the pace of data center innovation so rapidly transformed and disrupted old ways of doing business, engendering entirely new ways of consuming content, products and services. There are few mediums where this is more apparent than our mobile devices, but while the Googles and Amazons of the world reap the benefits of the transition toward cloud-based infrastructure, many communications service providers (CSPs) are struggling to keep up.
This is a challenge VMware is addressing today with the roll out of vCloud for NFV, a unified infrastructure platform that enables CSPs to leverage the benefits of a carrier-grade cloud platform in their core network infrastructure.