With its £19 billion (US$27.6 billion) Project Spring network investment project now complete, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has made its virtualization strategy, codenamed "Ocean," its top priority, according to the operator's head of SDN and NFV David Amzallag, who will update the industry on how Ocean has made waves within the company during the past year during his keynote presentation at the Big Communications Event (BCE) on May 24. (See Light Reading to Host 3rd Annual Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas.)
Light Reading broke the news of Amzallag's appointment in June last year, since when he has been focused on developing a group-wide virtualization strategy for the global operator. (See Vodafone Hires NFV Specialist to Develop Group Virtualization Strategy.)
And the industry can expect some uncompromising truths when Amzallag takes to the podium in Austin, Texas: He has previously rocked the boat with his analysis of vendor developments related to next generation network management and service orchestration and tells Light Reading he is preparing to give "an honest update" on virtualization developments at Vodafone. (See Vodafone Calls for End to Five Nines and HP Defends NFV Smarts After Vodafone Attack.)
"We have made a lot of progress and are working very differently within Vodafone to make this strategy work -- we have made a lot of progress and are further advanced than we had expected," he says, noting that there is now unprecedented collaboration between the operations, engineering and technology teams within the service provider.
The Vodafone man says he will also talk about the significant changes to the way the operator engages with its suppliers. "I plan to emphasize how we have developed a very different relationship structure with our vendors of all types," including "legacy vendors, startups and very young companies," he notes.
Amzallag is just one of a number of senior service provider executives delivering keynote presentations during the opening sessions at BCE: Industry leaders from AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook and Masergy will also share their latest strategic developments that morning. For the full list of speakers, panel sessions and details of the NFV Live Interoperability Demo that will take place on the show floor, check out the Big Communications Event (BCE) website.
— Ray Le Maistre, , Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading