Telco NFV & SDN Deployment Strategies: Six Emerging Segments

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STL Partners explores in detail how thirteen leading operators are addressing NFV and SDN. By exploring each management team’s vision for the technology and the current implementation activities, we have been able to identify six segments – from dynamic ‘NFV Business Model Transformation Pioneers’ to more prosaic ‘Utilitarian Adopters’. The report also outlines three major ‘best-practice’ recommendations for other players.


Format: PDF filePages: 35 pagesCharts: 09Author: David MartinPublication Date: May 2016

Table of Contents

  • Executive summary
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • STL Partners’ previous NFV and SDN research
  • The focus of this report
  • Virtualization journeys: 6 telco segments
  • The Story So Far: AT&T and Telefónica
  • ‘NFV Business Model Transformation Pioneers’: BT, China Mobile, NTT and Verizon
  • ‘Smart Piper Incumbent’: AT&T and Deutsche Telekom
  • ‘Fly Blind Incumbent’: Telefónica and Swisscom
  • ‘Agile Adopter’: Tele2
  • ‘Utilitarian adopters’: Vodafone and SingTel
  • ‘Cableco 2.0’: Comcast and Liberty Global
  • Conclusion and Best Practice Recommendations

Table of Figure

  • Figure 1: The SDN-NFV Transformation Process
  • Figure 2: Segmentation dimensions and resulting telco segments
  • Figure 3: AT&T / Telefónica virtualization journey comparison
  • Figure 4: AT&T, BT, China Mobile, NTT Communications and Verizon virtualization journey comparison
  • Figure 5: AT&T and DTAG virtualization journey comparison
  • Figure 6: Telefónica and Swisscom virtualization journey comparison
  • Figure 7: AT&T and Tele2 virtualization journeys
  • Figure 8: Vodafone and SingTel virtualization journey comparison
  • Figure 9: Comcast and Liberty Global virtualization journey comparison

Technologies and industry terms referenced include: AT&T, BT, business models, China Mobile, Cloud, Comcast, dtag, Liberty Global, nfv, NTT, SDN, Singtel, Swisscom, Tele2, Telefonica, Verizon, virtualization, Vodafone