NFV goes mainstream: How cloud-native is contributing to growth

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The number of deployments of NFV and SDN continues to grow – but while some markets are moving on to the next phase, others are just getting going.

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Description

Format: PDF filePages: 31 pagesCharts: 7Author: David MartinPublication Date: June 2020

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • About the NFV Deployment Tracker
    • Scope
    • Definitions
  • Introduction: NFV/SDN continues to grow – but at different speeds in different regions
    • NFV deployments continue to grow…
    • …but the rate and drivers of growth vary by region
  • In detail: understanding the growth
    • 5G ushers in Phase 2 NFV in developed markets…
    • …while Phase 1 core virtualisation spreads to other markets
    • SD-WAN also goes global
    • SDN was a critical component in longhaul network upgrades
    • vRAN and open RAN enter the stage
    • A second wave of telco cloud deployments is also underway
    • NFV MANO deployments were geared to supporting multi-vendor VNFs over telco clouds
  • In detail: deployments by operator
    • Vodafone, & Telefónica: telco cloud builders innovate at the core and edge
    • China, Japan (& Finland): leading cloud-native deployment
    • AT&T & Verizon: virtualisation programmes near completion
  • In detail: deployments by vendor
    • Cisco & Nokia: generalists leading overall and in 2019/20 respectively, boosted by 5G cores
    • VMware: thriving on telco cloud and SD-WAN
    • Ericsson: leading on 5G cores
    • Huawei: real position is unclear
  • Conclusion: NFV’s first phase has delivered, but tougher challenges lie ahead
    • NFV has become a more and more integral part of telcos’ service portfolios and infrastructure
    • NFV has proven its worth in addressing the challenges of today…
    • … while cloud-native NFV is also getting underway, and may help address the challenges of tomorrow
    • Phase 2 NFV: innovating our way out of the crisis
    • What next?
  • Appendix: Glossary of terms

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: The NFV Deployment Tracker
  • Figure 2: New NFV and SDN deployments – total by year, 2011 to 2020
  • Figure 3: Deployments by region, to March 2020
  • Figure 4: Deployments by primary purpose, 2014 to 2020
  • Figure 5: Deployments by leading functions, 2014 to 2020
  • Figure 6: Leading operators by number of deployments, 2015 to 2020
  • Figure 7: Leading vendors by numbers of deployments, 2011 to Q1 2020

Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 5G core, Cloud, MANO, nfv, SD-WAN, SDN, vCPE, Virtualisation