Infonetics: MPLS Backbone Core and Cloud Services Early Use Cases for SDN


Software-defined networking (SDN) and Network functions virtualization (NFV) Survey [Photo]


Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks at Infonetics Research, reports that operators has stated 'productizing' SDN in their networks, with MPLS backbone core and cloud services as the early use cases for SDN. As for the NFV,  business vE-CPE (using NFV for the delivery of services to businesses/enterprises) leads the implementation.

Infonetics report, SDN and NFV Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, gathers insights from leading operators–representing 51% of worldwide telecom capex on the timing and priority of the many use cases for their software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) projects.

According to Infonetcis, nearly every operator surveyed plans to deploy SDN (97%) or NFV (93%) in some aspect of their network at some point, with close to 30% of operators currently implementing SDNs, and 52% planning to evaluate SDNs by the end of 2014. The leading market research firm pointed out the back office OSS/BSS readiness as the biggest barrier to deploying NFV. 

Michael Howard Co-founder and Principal Analyst Carrier Networks [Photo]This is the year that SDN and NFV move from the lab to field trials. Many carriers are in the process of moving from SDN/NFV proof-of-concept projects to working with vendors in the development and ‘productization’ of software that will become the basis for commercial deployments. I saw a lot of this software running in demos in vendor and operator stands at the recent Mobile World Congress, and it’s easy to see it is much more real this year. Howard adds: “Over the coming months, a few operators will move to actual commercial deployments, mostly specific NFV use cases, but only a few. It won’t be until 2015 that we’ll see commercial deployments kick into motion, still most likely on a limited basis, as operators put one or two use cases to the test under real world conditions, in their live networks.”

- Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks at Infonetics Research

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