DENVER -- Almost three fourths of carriers of all sizes are committed to implementing SDN, NFV or both, according to the latest Heavy Reading research, presented here this morning by Senior Analyst Jim Hodges.
"We consider this a strong endorsement as we move beyond proofs of concept into the commercialization phase," Hodges said. He presented the latest information from Heavy Reading 's SDN/NFV Tracker Survey, which showed the NFV market will grow from a base of $2.3 billion in 2015 to $15.6 billion in 2020.
That investment surge will be led by the virtualization of mobile network functions, a segment Hodges said will grow to $11.8 billion in 2020, up from the current base of $2 billion.
"Beyond 2020, we believe there is potential for stronger wireless growth as the market moves to adopt Cloud RAN [radio access network] on a mass commercial scale," he said.
NFV in fixed networks is projected to reach close to $3.9 billion by 2020.
Software-defined networking growth will be a bit slower, as it starts to ramp in 2018, and will be deployed gradually over the next five years. According to Hodges's research, SDN will grow from a base of $1.58 billion in 2015 to $9.73 billion in 2020.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading