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NFV Adoption: What Is It and Where Is the Technology Going?

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    What It Means for Mobile Operators

    For both the network and mobile operator, NFV is one of the most significant evolutionary events. The near-term benefits point to a massive reduction in capital and operational expenditures such as data center costs, which form the business case funding the investment. Longer-term benefits will be extremely impactful to the network operator as NFV will increase flexibility that will radically transform the operational business of running a telecommunications network. NFV will also provide the operator with a much greater degree of network elasticity and increased agility to adapt to market or consumer behavioral changes easily and quickly.

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NFV Adoption: What Is It and Where Is the Technology Going?

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    What It Means for Mobile Operators

    For both the network and mobile operator, NFV is one of the most significant evolutionary events. The near-term benefits point to a massive reduction in capital and operational expenditures such as data center costs, which form the business case funding the investment. Longer-term benefits will be extremely impactful to the network operator as NFV will increase flexibility that will radically transform the operational business of running a telecommunications network. NFV will also provide the operator with a much greater degree of network elasticity and increased agility to adapt to market or consumer behavioral changes easily and quickly.

For mobile operators, the evolution and adoption of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is a positive look into the future of network operations. NFV is an initiative to virtualize network services that are currently carried out by hardware. The goal of NFV adoption is to decrease the amount of proprietary hardware needed to launch and operate network services, leading to reduced overhead costs and increased efficiency.

Full NFV adoption may take years to accomplish, but will enable network administrators to work without purchasing dedicated hardware to build a service chain. Server capacity will be able to be added through software and will eliminate the need for network administrators to overprovision their data centers, which will reduce both capital expenses (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx). NFV adoption will provide both increased agility and flexibility for organizations to accomplish the changing waves of network service demands.

Over the next few years, the network will see large service providers explore and start to implement a range of SDN and NFV technologies on common-off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms comprising a wide variety of use cases. In addition, NFV will become the mainstream option for service providers deploying cloud and network architectures.