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RAN Research Note: Pace of NFV uptake accelerates, despite many risks


Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is spearheading the adoption of broader software defined networking (SDN) technologies by mobile operators. The combination of these two platforms will transform the carriers’ networks, cost bases and service delivery over the coming decade, but this will be a long process, and considerable risks currently remain. Despite the hurdles, though, uptake among MNOs is accelerating, and by 2018, over 72% will have implemented NFV in some elements of their commercial networks.
This note is part of the RAN research service. Led by Caroline Gabriel, the RAN service covers the whole wireless access and packet core industry with a special focus on LTE-related technologies, including small cells, EPC, carrer WiFi, evolved packet core, and other emerging trends. The service provides in-depth operator strategy tracking, as well as vendor profiles and SWOT analysis over the whole RAN ecosystem, from chips to infrastructure to management systems. Forecasts and full industry reports are produced twice a year and are complemented by 6 research notes per year on important topical developments, as well as one-to one analyst support.
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