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Operators reveal where in their networks they plan to deploy SDN and NFV first

 

Campbell, CALIFORNIA, July 15, 2013—Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2013 SDN and NFV Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, for which leading operators—representing 53% of worldwide telecom capex—were interviewed to determine the timing and priority of the many use cases for their software-defined network (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) projects.


ANALYST NOTE

“For the most part, carriers are starting small with their SDN and NFV deployments, focusing on only parts of their network, what we call ‘contained domains,’ to ensure they can get the technology to work as intended,” explains Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks at Infonetics Research.


“But momentum for more widespread use of SDN and NFV is strong, as evidenced by the vast majority of operators participating in our study who plan to deploy the technologies in key parts of their networks, from the core to aggregation to customer access,” continues Howard. “Even so, we believe it’ll be many years before we see bigger parts or a whole network controlled by SDNs.”


SDN AND NFV STRATEGIES SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virtually all major operators are either evaluating SDNs now or plan to do so within the next 3 years
  • SDN and NFV evaluation and deployments are being driven by carriers’ desire for service agility resulting in quicker time to revenue and operational efficiency
  • The top 5 network domains named by operators when asked where they plan to deploy SDNs and NFV by 2014: Within data centers, between data centers, operations and management, content delivery networks (CDNs), and cloud services
  • 86% of operators are confident they will deploy SDN and NFV technology in their optical transport networks as well at some point, once standards are finalized
  • Study participants rated CDNs, IP multimedia subsystems (IMS), and virtual routers/security gateways as the top applications for NFV

ABOUT THE STUDY

Infonetics' July 2013 27-page SDN and NFV survey is based on interviews with purchase-decision makers at 21 incumbent, competitive and independent wireless operators from EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Asia Pacific and North America that have evaluated SDN projects or plan to do so. Infonetics asked operators about their strategies and timing for SDN and NFV, including deployment drivers and barriers, target domains and use cases, and suppliers. The carriers participating in the study represent more than half of the world’s telecom revenue and capex. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: http://www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.


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Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively. View Infonetics' brief About Us slides at http://bit.ly/QUrbrV.


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"Carriers are starting small with their SDN and NFV deployments, focusing on only parts of their network, what we call ‘contained domains,’ to ensure they can get the technology to work as intended."

Michael Howard
Principal Analyst, Carrier Networks

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