Do we still have to prove the viability of NFV?


Alcatel-Lucent, who partnered with Intel last year, were quoted saying mainstream NFV adoption will happen by the end of this year. So how close are we?

A recent report from Ovum predicted that although revenues in the NFV market would reach up to $3.4bn in 2020 (“equalling a market roughly the same size as the service provider IP core router market”) they do not expect the global NFV market to surpass $500m in revenues until 2018.

This is largely due to the fact that NFV is still developing, and if we look at the bigger picture these technologies are still very much in the very early stages of deployment.

“NFV architecture and products are changing and developing rapidly. At this early stage of commercial deployment NFV technology has had minimal impact on vendor revenues. Ovum believes the transition to NFV will be gradual, and its full effect will not be felt in the market for another two to five years, so network operators and vendors still have time to get in the game.”

Although there seems to be no doubt that virtualization has convinced the industry of its potential to transform networks and improve operator’s agility, widespread proof of concepts studies are still in full swing to build industry awareness and confidence in these technologies.

However they are conducted, these closed-door studies or open demonstrations also provide essential feedback on interoperability and other technical challenges still left to overcome. The focus for many of these NFV proof of concepts are slowly shifting from proving technical feasibility to demonstrating operational scalability.


At Broadband World Forum (20-22 October, ExCeL, London), not only will we be hosting a three day agenda of NFV POCs from leading solution providers such as Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson and Huawei, but we will also be discussing the key challenges facing operators on the journey to mainstream NFV adoption. In fact this issue itself makes up most of the Virtualization & the Cloud conference content this year.


Sessions not-to-miss include:

Transforming Access Network Operations with Virtualization
Changing the paradigm for network operations: from closed hardware systems to cloud-based software
Using network data to make decisions and increase process automation
Empowering consumers to know and optimize their broadband service
John Cioffi, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, ASSIA, Inc

How Operators Can Benefit and Profit From Network Function Virtualization?
Outlining the drivers for and technology trends behind SDN and NFV: including flexibility, Opex and Capex, support for new services
Comparing NFV based application with hardware based applications
Examining the impact of network size on the benefits of virtualization
Evaluating progress towards an integrated virtualized solution and timescales for future development
Neil McRae, Chief Network Architect, BT

Interactive Debate: Future planning, what is next for NFV and SDN?
Where are the next areas of focus? (e.g. vCPE, CDN, home networking)
Where have we seen the most creative solutions coming from so far, and which are the areas of greatest potential?
Examining the impact of SDN and NVF on the mobile infrastructure
Assessing the potential of a Software Defined Approach to IoT Networking
Moderator: David Boswarthick, Director of Committee Support Center (CSC), ETSI
: Phil Braden, SVP, Technology & Applications, PCCW Global
Hrvoje Jerkovic, Quality Assurance Manager, VIPnet
Ashish Singh, GM/VP, Products, SK Telecom Americas
Chris Thompson, Director of Product Management, ADTRAN

To register for the conference and access all our Virtualization content, please visit – REGISTER

BBWF NFV POCs are located on a live stage within this year’s Broadband World Forum exhibition and are FREE to attend. For your free exhibition pass please register here – FREE EXPO PASS

Full Ovum Report –Market Opportunity Analysis: NFV


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