It’s Not a Single Network Anymore

11/27/2013 | 27 pages
Price: $825.00

An examination of SDN and NFV although their implications

In this issue of Signals Ahead we look at Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), which are two intertwined initiatives that operators and vendors are pursuing to address challenges and inevitable changes to the operator’s traditional business model, not to mention the inherent shortcomings of the current core network architecture.

We examine the numerous advantages and objectives associated with them as well as some of the pitfalls that will exist if they are not successfully implemented. We also look at likely operator rollout strategies and the likely network functions from the radio access network through the core and backhauls where they will first be used. Finally, we take a quick look at what some of the vendors are doing in the space and the work that is taking place in the various standards bodies and specific associations that are trying to introduce important standards.