US Telcos to Help Drive SDN Adoption

by Istvan Fekete on July 9, 2013

The rapid growth of the LTE network worldwide — followed by the deployment of the LTE-A network — helps to build momentum for mobile-software-defined-network (SDN) technology among carriers on a global scale, which will be led by the United States, South Korea and Japan, a study signed by Informa Telecoms & Media and commissioned by Juniper Networks has found, Fierce Broadband Wireless reports.

The white paper, entitled “Mobile SDN – the Future is Virtual,” emphasizes that SDN will likely be deployed in the next five years to make networks more scalable and flexible, in line with the rapidly growing demand for data-intensive applications such as video.

This also means that the mobile market will open the door to new revenue and business-model opportunities for carriers such as new mobile services or applications for a fraction of the cost and time investment.

Informa’s white paper states that roughly 93% of the carriers surveyed expect SDN to be deployed within the next five years, while about 50% expect it to be implemented within the next 24 months, which means the first SDN networks will be available by 2014.

The study also points to today: the future is now, as SDN rollouts are already happening, with a Tier 1 US carrier deploying the vendor’s SDN technology to virtualize nearly 50% of its network. We don’t have information about which wireless operator they are referring to, but our guess is this could only be one of the two main players, AT&T or Verizon Wireless.

“Mobile SDN is set to be one of the most transformative technologies implemented in the next few years,” said the white paper’s author, Dimitris Mavrakis, a principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media. “Cost savings and network flexibility are arguably the first benefits to be considered, but providing a platform for new service-revenue opportunities and network exposure can help operators combat competition both within and outside the mobile value chain. Our survey findings suggest that all eyes are on the first deployments of SDN in the mobile network, which are expected during 2013 and 2014, which will provide valuable early lessons and experiences for the whole market.”

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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