Turning Telco NFV into Business

Overall transformation to digital will be required to be prepared for 5G. Data is going to drive business, where a common network infrastructure for programmability, automation, and digital customer engagement will be essential. The telco NFV will enable an industrialized practice for onboarding services based on continuous software delivery.

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Turning telco NFV into business

For many years, the focus has been on the challenges of NFV from the technical and operational aspects and on how to solve them. To meet the business opportunities of 5G requires an overall transformation to digital. A programmable network based on automated operation, where all services are based on digital engagement, requires a common infrastructure. TCO has gone down and megabit data transfer has increased while the revenue per megabit has gone down substantially. Therefore, we should now focus on the data itself that is transferred over the infrastructure and on the business opportunities that can provide.

This new infrastructure is driven by the following requirements and new technologies:

  • Data is going to drive business and will be collected from all parts of the network.
  • Will have to enable new 5G networks and be compatible with existing 2G, 3G, and 4G networks.
  • Networking SDN and OSS environments will affect the network topology and cause them to go from being centralized to becoming decentralized.
  • The new infrastructure will not only have operational aspects but also organizational and cultural impact. An industrialized practice will be horizontalized across silos.
  • The architecture will be based on open source components and interfaces that are based on standard APIs.
  • Service onboarding based on NFV means that service lifecycles will be reduced, software will be continuously deployed to enable agile service delivery, and services will be rolled out through a zero-touch automated operation.
  • Networks that were previously purpose-built will instead be built for multiple deployments allowing for multiple vendors, multiple platforms, and multiple devices.



Benefits for the operator

For the operator, the telco NFV means fewer components, fewer hardware variants, fewer OSS systems, and less stuff overall. At the same time, because of the number of components being reduced, a programmable network with automated operation and digital engagement will provide a much greater variety of services to meet customer needs. Due to the agility provided by the continuous deployment of software, launching new services and new business models happens faster than ever.

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