Communications service providers are stepping up both the deployment and the development of high-priority network functions, according to a Heavy Reading report on virtualization.
Among the 40 communication service providers (CSPs) that were surveyed in April for "The Force (Finally) Awakens" report, there was greater confidence in meeting timetables for testing and deploying high-priority network functions than they previously indicated in a November version of the survey.
On the flipside, some of the CSPs said that their timelines for identifying which functions needed to be virtualized -- and when those functions would go into production -- have slipped. In the April report, 30% said it would be 2023 or later before the functions would be in production, while 38% said that their entire virtualization projects would be done by 2020, which was down from 45% in last year's survey.
The twice-yearly survey tracks CSPs' virtualization progress across three areas: planning, spending and deployment.
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.
MEF is working to define, deliver, and certify dynamic communications services that are orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated, virtualized and interconnected networks. In this radio show, MEF CTO Pascal Menezes talks about the challenges and the solutions that his organization is working on and provides a preview of the MEF17 conference in November.
Software-defined networking (SDN) is a key component of services providers' virtualization game plans and AT&T and Level 3 Communications have been at the forefront of its adoption.
In this webinar, Andrew Dugan, CTO of Level 3 Communications, and Amy Wheelus, Vice President of Cloud and D2 Platform Integration at AT&T, will discuss how their companies have leveraged SDN within their networks, services and applications. Some of the key areas that will be covered include:
Automation, APIs and lifecycle service orchestration
The continued evolution of SDN-based solutions and SDN in networks, including SD-WAN, dynamic cloud connections and scalable Ethernet and security solutions.