While the advantages of SDN and network virtualization are well known in the enterprise IT and data center world, both technologies also bring a host of benefits to the telecommunications service provider community. Not only can these technologies help address the explosive capacity demand of mobile traffic, but they can also reduce the CapEx and OpEx burden faced by service providers to handle this demand by diminishing reliance on expensive proprietary hardware platforms. The recognition of these benefits has led to the emergence of the NFV concept that seeks to virtualize and effectively consolidate many service provider network elements onto multi-tenant industry-standard servers, switches and storage.

Due to the software-oriented nature of mobile core functions, the EPC has emerged as one of the most feasible examples for demonstrating the benefits of NFV in a mobile operator network. Several operators, including NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom and AT&T, are already running live traffic and services over vEPC platforms.

The SDN, NFV & Network Virtualization Ecosystem 2016 - 2030 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts

Additional trials and commercial deployments are also underway, as operators seek to move towards more agile and flexible virtualized architectures. vEPC investments are expected to grow from $450 Million in 2016 to over $2 Billion by the end of 2020, following a CAGR of 45%. By 2020, SNS Research estimates that nearly 80% of all new EPC investments will be virtualized.

The “SDN, NFV & Network Virtualization Ecosystem: 2016 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the SDN, NFV and network virtualization ecosystem including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, use cases, deployment case studies, regulatory landscape, standardization, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents market size forecasts from 2016 till 2030. The forecasts are segmented for 10 submarkets, 2 user base categories, 9 use cases, 6 regions and 34 countries.

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