35 Percent of Operators Surveyed Will Deploy NFV This Year in Effort to Virtualize Networks

Thursday, June 11, 2015 3:11 pm EDT


"In fact, all major operators are either now deploying NFV or plan to within the next few years"

IHS (NYSE: IHS) conducted in-depth interviews with telecom carriers around the world to determine their plans for evaluating and deploying network functions virtualization (NFV) and found that 35 percent are planning to deploy NFV in 2015. 

“Though we’re still in the early stages of a long-term transition to NFV-SDN architected networks, many carriers will be moving from proof-of-concept tests and lab evaluations to commercial deployments of NFV in 2015,” said Michael Howard, senior research director for carrier networks at IHS.

“In fact, all major operators are either now deploying NFV or plan to within the next few years,” Howard said. “Providers believe that NFV and its SDN (software-defined networking) companion are a fundamental change in telecom network architecture that will deliver benefits in service agility and new revenue, operational efficiencies and capex savings.”


  • 48 percent of carriers surveyed by IHS plan to evaluate NFV by the end of 2015
  • Barriers becoming more prominent as operators get closer to commercial deployment include products not being carrier grade and finding and training staff
  • The top NFV use cases respondent carriers plan to deploy in 2015–2016 include virtual enterprise CPE (vE-CPE), service chaining and virtual network platform as a service (VNPaaS) 


The 24-page IHS Infonetics NFV Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey is based on interviews with purchase-decision makers at 22 incumbent, competitive and mobile operators from EMEA, Asia Pacific and North America that together represent 43 percent of worldwide telecom capex and 39 percent of revenue. Survey participants have evaluated or deployed NFV in their networks or plan to do so by the end of 2017. Operators were asked about their strategies and timing for NFV, including deployment drivers and barriers, target use cases, applications and more. To purchase the report, please visit: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp. 


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