The Industry Is Not Happy with the Speed of NFV Adoption
The year 2017 was an interesting one for NFV developments and deployments. The industry finally witnessed the release of the first ONAP distribution, Amsterdam, and is already casting its eyes over to the following release, code name Beijing. SK Telecom has opted to go against the collaborative approach in NFV management and orchestration, releasing its own proprietary MANO solution called T-MANO. At the same time, we are seeing more deployments of EPC in many markets, such as China, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
However, there are still a lot of competing headwinds in the industry, especially since NFV growth has yet to reach its forecasted height, while many telcos are still in the stage of testing and trialing. Most virtual network functions are deployed for new services, instead of traditional offerings. As a result, we are seeing traditional infrastructure vendors, such as Ericsson and Nokia, have stale, or even negative growth. Among all of the challenges, one of the most discussed is the issue of software licensing.
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