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'Greenfield' NFV deployments expected this year

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Jim Smith, Head of Strategic Marketing, Cobham Wireless

Have services providers been slow with NFV? Jim thinks it would be too aggressive to say we should be further ahead than we are. “We are seeing signs of a migration but in a phased way: All the carriers have aggressive plans, but some haven't fully adopted the open environment, which may account for some of the delay," he says. Overall, though, NFV is forcing collaboration between otherwise competitive vendors. But Jim senses movement this year from some ‘greenfield deployments’ involving virtual evolved packet core and virtual CPE. If the big telcos don’t move, then the cost and agility benefits are such that new entrants probably will.

Filmed at: ETSI NFV #13, Dublin, 16 - 19 February 2016

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