Similar to the same path trod by services providers such as AT&T, CenturyLink and Telefónica, WOW's road to network virtualization is starting with NFV-based business services.
According to a story by Light Reading's Mari Silbey, WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) , a cable over-builder, has started combining virtualized components with its existing equipment from multiple vendors. The NFV benefits for WOW include automating service provisioning, connection optimization and network security for its business customers while also shedding hardware-based solutions. (See WOW Trials NFV for Business, Eyes Residential .)
The big picture will also include using NFV for services and applications for WOW's residential customers.
"The next 12 months is going to be learning and refining what we're doing and how we're doing it, and then my hope is that at that point we're full speed ahead around more than just business services," said WOW Vice President of Engineering Eric Fligel, in the Light Reading story. "I would expect over the course of the next 24 to 36 months to really see significant change from an infrastructure standpoint."
10/16/2017 Huawei Network Transformation SeminarThe adoption of virtualization technology and cloud architectures by telecom network operators is now well underway but there is still a long way to go before the transition to an era of Network Functions Cloudification (NFC) is complete.
Since its inception in February of this year, the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) has attracted a community of more than 50 leading suppliers and global carriers, who support more than 55% of the world's mobile subscribers. ONAP, which is hosted by the Linux Foundation, was designed as an end-to-end framework for real-time, policy-driven automation of physical and virtual network functions. It not only unifies the telecom sector, but also provides it with a viable roadmap for network orchestration and automation well into the future.