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Dec 2018 - Technology Assessment - Doc # CA43709818

Network Function Virtualization Technology in Canada: The Building and Stumbling Block of the Communications Service Provider of the Future

By: Lawrence SurteesResearch Vice President, Communications

Abstract

This study in IDC Canada's occasional Communications Service Providers of the Future series is IDC Canada's first detailed examination of network function virtualization (NFV) technology and explores:

  • NFV technology and architecture
  • The need and benefits of NFV and use cases
  • The obstacles to greater adoptions and the international efforts to standardize NFV open source and to solve integration hurdles with different variants, vendors, and legacy OSS/BSS back-office systems
  • Current and planned adoption of NFV by seven major Canadian communications service providers, their positions on the technology, and some of their lessons learned to date
  • Guidance and advice to providers

"Communications service providers continue to face challenges in adopting the next-generation network technology of network function virtualization," says Lawrence Surtees, study author and vice president of Communications Research at IDC Canada. "But the move to software-based virtualized networks has become a competitive necessity and an imperative for future 5G wireless networks. Despite the hurdles, Canadian carriers have stepped up to adopt NFV."


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