It’s hard to believe it now, but at one time, VoIP was a hard sell in
this industry. At pivotal moments in this market, telcos have faced the
challenge of having to do something
to react to changing user needs and habits, but they have hesitated to believe
that heir-apparent technologies were the way to go. We are at one of those crossroads
again. Just as VoIP was once doubted yet imminent, NFV and SDN sit poised to
become hugely important in the telco space. And yet major players continue to
hem and haw over the potential value of these technologies.
is inevitable. The legacy telco that ignores NFV and its IT-domain-equal,
SDN, will be left in the dust. If you still need convincing, consider this:
Software telcos have lower capital and
operational expenditures than their legacy peers.
Software telcos will enjoy a higher rate of
service velocity and the capability of rolling out new offerings faster.
Software telcos can bring on more ad hoc resources
to prepare for service spikes, such as when the Olympics or some other major
event rolls around.
Software-based infrastructure is already here.
SBCs and media servers are already deployed, and common management for these
resources will come on the scene soon.
The availability of bandwidth and the current
power of Intel processors lay the groundwork for the success of NFV and SDN.
There won’t be a massive shift overnight, but
we’re already selling software-based SBCs, transcoding solutions and media
servers. Within the next three years, expect the same kind of ramp up we saw
pressures and service requirements will ultimately push telcos toward NFV
and SDN. Want to learn more? Check out our on-demand webinar with Heavy Reading
Senior Analyst Jim Hodges. Register for “The
rise of NFV and the software telco” here.