& cplSiteName &

NFV Force Awakens & Gets Realistic – Survey

Carol Wilson

Service providers are making "notable" progress in virtualizing their high-priority network functions, both in the development and the deployment stage, according to the most recent Heavy Reading Future of Virtualization report, dubbed "The Force (Finally) Awakens."

As they dig into the work, however, the survey shows many are realizing it will take longer to identify and deploy network functions than they anticipated, and most aren't expecting any decrease in capex as a result -- for a few more years at least.

This twice-yearly Heavy Reading survey of an invited audience of 40 global communications service providers (CSPs) tracks changes in both what service providers are doing and how they are thinking about the virtualization process. In April of this year, that CSP group reported greater confidence in meeting timetables for testing and deploying high-priority network functions. You can see the executive summary here.

But they also admitted their timelines for both identifying all the functions that need to be virtualized and getting all identified functions into production are slipping. On the latter front, 30% of CSPs are saying it will be 2023 or later before completion, and 38% say their entire virtualization project would be complete by 2020, down from 45% in last November's survey.

Want to know more about the companies, people and organizations driving developments in the virtualization sector? Check out Virtuapedia, the most comprehensive online resource covering the virtualization industry.

The survey work, conducted by Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Roz Roseboro, looks at planning, deployment and spending around NFV and creates an index in each of the three areas. Because Heavy Reading conducts the survey twice a year, it tracks even small changes in carrier attitudes and plans.

For example, in the planning arena, the report notes "the percentage of CSPs that have identified all of the functions they plan to virtualize by 2020 grew from 11% in November 2016 to 15% in April 2017." It also recognized, however, that while 27% of CSPs thought they were going to complete that function identification process last year, only 11% actually did.

On the spending front, virtualization is claiming an increasing portion of capex budgets, although the bar for measuring that (10% or higher) is fairly low. In April, 58% said their virtualization capex spend hit that mark, up from 41% in November 2016. Perhaps more significantly, 38% said their capex budgets would be notably higher this year and no one expected to spend less. In fact, most (64%) "continued to believe that their capex will not level off or begin to decline until 2020 or later."

There is greater optimism on the opex savings front, with 25% of the 40 CSPs surveyed saying they "expect to see reductions in the next two years, up from 14% who said the same in November 2016," the report states.

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

Make sure your company and services are listed free of charge at Virtuapedia, the comprehensive set of searchable databases covering the companies, products, industry organizations and people that are directly involved in defining and shaping the virtualization industry.

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
November 1, 2017, The Royal Garden Hotel
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue London
November 10, 2017, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
November 16, 2017, ExCel Centre, London
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
All Upcoming Live Events
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Is US Lurching Back to Monopoly Status?
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/16/2017
Pai's FCC Raises Alarms at Competitive Carriers
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/16/2017
Muni Policies Stymie Edge Computing
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/17/2017
The Big Cable DAA Update
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/11/2017
Telecom Italia Covers 73% of Italy With NB-IoT
Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/13/2017
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed