Given swift growth of the NFV packet data core, operators will face the challenge of managing the transition to virtualized telecom networks in the months ahead. While they will continue to rely on primary infrastructure vendors to provide total system integration, ABI Research expects this to change once operators master this technology shift.
The firm therefore anticipates that infrastructure vendors will increase their professional service offerings to assist with this transformation, as well as managed service offerings to allow operators to focus on the other aspects of their business transformation brought on by virtualization.
"Infrastructure vendors have before them an opportunity to help service providers with the transformation to the virtualized network of tomorrow," concludes Hoffman. "This will probably be through the form of professional and managed services for the next few years. Operators can start small, with virtualization of packet core, IMS and VoLTE, or the Gi-LAN in select markets, and grow as they learn."
These findings are from ABI Research's Mobile Gateways (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/product/1018473-mobile-gateways/). This report is part of the company's Future Networks sector (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/practice/next-generation-network-services/), which includes research reports, market data, insights, and competitive assessments.
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