Virtualisation, NFV & SDN: unlocking the power of telco cloud

If NFV/SDN and cloud business practices are areas of interest or challenge, our insight and support can help.

Why is virtualisation important?

Network function virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networks (SDN) are changing the face of telecoms networks. When combined with cloud business practices, both have a massive impact on the ways in which operators can deliver services. Telcos are able to operate and innovate faster, cheaper and more effectively than ever before. And we are beginning to see a new wave of VNF-based services such as SD-WAN that build on this.

See our virtualisation data, research and webinars below or talk to us about your project.

How far have telcos got?

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Virtualisation tools and insight

STL Partners has been working with operators and technology companies since 2012 to help them understand and unlock the NFV/SDN opportunity. These insights are drawn from our extensive research into what’s going on, and where the industry is headed next.

Overview

How virtualisation (NFV) and SDN changes the game

An overview of NFV and SDN to highlight the key points you need to be aware of to take advantage of the opportunities

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Research

NFV Deployment Tracker

Access our quarterly-updated database of live commercial deployments of NFV and SDN by leading telcos worldwide. The latest update contains details on 486 deployments made up of 1000+ sub-components

Latest update: June 2019

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Webinar

Virtualisation: Reaching tipping point

A webinar on NFV and SDN. What operators are deploying, what this means, and how 5G is likely to accelerate progress. Based on our unique data on NFV deployments

Live event: May 2019

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Research

NFV Deployment Tracker: North America update

New deployments in N America are increasingly driven by 5G, with a striking role for open source and telco self-builds. N American deployments account for around 24% of the global total

Published: June 2019

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Research

SD-WAN: enterprise challenges, flavours and future pathways

A three-part mini-series exploring SD-WAN technology from an enterprise perspective. How can SD-WAN help with enterprises’ challenges, what flavours are on offer and how do they work, and where will it go next?

Published: June 2019

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Research

3 telco business models: Soft-net, compute-net, cloud-net

Telcos must adapt to virtualisation and changing customer needs in the Coordination Age. Our three models offer a realistic agenda for telcos to build up the stack into the IT layer – either by themselves or through partnerships

Published: March 2019

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Webinar

Telco SD-WAN: What’s happening, and how to do it?

In this webinar, hosted by Juniper Networks, we share our independent view on why SD-WAN should be an operator’s first VNF-based service. We also discuss models for deployment

Recorded: March 2019

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Article

Introduction to SD-WAN

This guide provides an introduction to SD-WAN. Covers use cases, benefits for businesses and the future of the technology

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Data chart

Proprietary vendors still dominate NFV

NFV promised to deliver truly open hardware and software platforms. Yet the space is still dominated by proprietary vendor solutions. We look at the data around this

Published: January 2019

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NFV/SDN

Read our NFV/SDN research stream

Around 8 reports a year

Telco networks are transforming into software-based platforms, particularly through technologies such as NFV and SDN. This stream considers how telcos should adapt their strategy, organisations and networks. Includes a comprehensive tracker database of live deployments updated each quarter that’s supported by one global, and three regional, analytical reports per year

The data intelligence you can expect from our NFV tracker

The data intelligence you can expect from our NFV tracker

The data intelligence you can expect from our NFV tracker

The data intelligence you can expect from our NFV tracker

The data intelligence you can expect from our NFV tracker

Read our NFV/SDN research stream

Around 8 reports a year

Telco networks are transforming into software-based platforms, particularly through technologies such as NFV and SDN. This stream considers how telcos should adapt their strategy, organisations and networks. Includes a comprehensive tracker database of live deployments updated each quarter that’s supported by one global, and three regional, analytical reports per year

The data intelligence you can expect from our NFV tracker