Ground-to-Cloud: NFV Revolution Leads to Operator Evolution

Any conversation about transformation must inevitably discuss the impact of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and Software-Defined Networks (SDN), particularly their effect on telecommunications.

It is an inevitable fact that the business value is climbing up from the basement, where the infrastructure and networks lie, to the cloud and industry- and business-level software. Still, many operators will need to embrace NFV as a strategy to speed their business up and gain greater agility and scalability. Those remaining on the fence will need to make a decision soon, because the competition is passing them by.

Digital and communications service providers also recognise that the virtualisation revolution affects more than the network, and includes entire business systems, such as front-office customer relationship management (CRM) platforms and the whole customer service capability layer. That change in focus will drive a clearer direction for the future of NFV and encourage more decisive action, leading to a faster evolution of the industry’s infra- structure.

Virtualisation will bring savings, simplicity and flexibility, but digital and communications service providers should not forget to maintain their legacy infrastructure, which still remains crucial for business. The new normal of Nexterday is all about managing a hybrid and more complex environment and orchestrating more from the ground to the cloud.

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Ari Vänttinen, Comptel
Moving Telco companies in Europe and Asia from ground to cloud. Born 1969, M.Sc. (Economics). Joined Comptel in 2014, member of Executive Board since 2014. Has previously held various marketing executive and management roles at McAFee and Stonesoft Plc since 2010. Before that management consultant at Talent Partners 2007 – 2010 and marketing management and business development roles at Nokia Networks 2004 - 2007.
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