Skip to main content

Software Defined Networking Moves into Mainstream

Telecom service providers are embracing open source software and are moving beyond trial deployments. Moreover, they're seeking ways to free themselves from the technology constraints and associated costs of maintaining legacy networking equipment.

Three-quarters of carriers participating in a survey of software-defined networking (SDN) technology demand say they've already deployed, or will deploy, in 2016 -- plus, 100 percent say they plan to deploy at some point in the future.

Ongoing SDN Market Development

The top drivers for service provider SDN investments are simplification and automation of network and service provisioning. Meanwhile, most operators are moving from initial SDN proof-of-concept evaluations to their first commercial deployments in 2016 and 2017.

According to findings from the latest survey of carrier SDN strategies by IHS Markit, it’s clear that service providers around the globe are investing in SDN as part of a larger move to transform their infrastructure, internal processes, operations and service offerings.

Informed telecom service providers believe that SDN will fundamentally improve network architecture and deliver substantive benefits in service agility, time to revenue, operational efficiency and Capex savings.


Survey respondents report that their top three SDN-targeted network domains for deployment consideration by the end of 2017 are within data centers, between data centers and access for businesses.

Most start cautiously with SDN, targeting small parts of their networks called “contained domains” in which they will explore, trial, test and make initial deployments. That said, IHS Markit analysts believe that it will take time before entire telecom networks are controlled by SDN technologies.

However, there are a few forward-thinking global network operators already planning major, comprehensive SDN deployments -- such as AT&T, Level 3, Colt, Orange Business Systems, SK Telecom and Telefónica.

SDN and NFV Market Outlook

IHS Markit says that the industry is still in the early stages of a long-term transition to SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV). Respondent operators indicated that their top barriers to deployment are the lack of carrier-grade vendor products and integration of virtual networking into their existing infrastructure.

Regardless, survey respondents rated virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) managed services as the top SDN and NFV related application, specifically as a new source of telecom service provider revenue.

Survey participants also report that some SDN/NFV apps are not being adopted as expected, and telecom equipment vendors and software suppliers need to invent new approaches that create more added-value.

Popular posts from this blog

2022 Tech Trends Outlook: What Happens Next?

This year may very well be another period of unprecedented challenges and opportunities. In 2022, several highly anticipated technology-related advancements will NOT happen, according to the predictions by ABI Research. Their analysts identify many trends that will shape the technology market and some others that, although attracting huge amounts of pundit speculation and commentary, are less likely to advance rapidly over the next twelve months. "The fallout from COVID-19 prevention measures, the process of transitioning from pandemic to endemic disease, and global political tensions weigh heavily on the coming year's fortunes," said Stuart Carlaw, chief research officer at ABI Research . What Won’t Happen in 2022? Despite all the headlines and investments, the metaverse will not arrive in 2022 or, for that matter, within the typical 5-year forecast window. The metaverse is still more of a buzzword and vision than a fully-fledged end goal with a clearly defined arrival d

Digital Transformation for the Oil and Gas Sector

The savvy CEOs of multinational organizations will accelerate their investment in digital transformation projects in 2022, and beyond, to improve their competitiveness. Every industry leader that is forward-looking will act swiftly to grasp the upside opportunity. Global oil & gas companies face a myriad of operational, commercial, and existential security threats. According to the latest worldwide market study by ABI Research, oil & gas firms apply digitalization to combat these threats and will spend $15.6 billion on digital technologies by 2030. Oil & Gas Digital Apps Market Development Investments in digitalization can help to analyze a supply pipeline’s condition, prepare for fluctuations in the changing prices for oil and gas, as well as aid action plans to create more sustainable operations and transfer to producing renewable energy sources. "Safety and Security are top priorities for oil & gas operators. Data analytics allied with IoT platforms have become

How Ride-Sharing Apps Changed Local Transport

Building on significant advances in disruptive mobile app technology, ride-sharing services have emerged to become a popular means of urban mobility. This is unsurprising given the advantages of ride-sharing options over traditional transport modes, such as buses and more expensive taxis. Innovative ride-sharing platforms enable app users to customize their journeys according to real-time phenomena, such as nearby traffic conditions, time of day, and rider demand. However, this is not to say that ride-sharing services are perfect. The popularity of ride-sharing has resulted in some additional traffic congestion in major cities already struggling to control this issue, while the widespread disruption caused by the pandemic affected most stakeholders within the local transportation value chain. Ride-Sharing App Market Development According to the latest worldwide market study by Juniper Research, ride-sharing spending by consumers globally will exceed $937 billion by 2026 -- that's c