Network vendors Alcatel Lucent and Huawei have both made announcements around Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) ahead of next week’s Mobile World Congress, where new network architectures like NFV and SDN (software defined networking) will be the subject of much discussion and, Telecoms.com understands, some big news from the operator community.
China Telecom has deployed software defined network (SDN) technology in a datacentre run by its Beijing subsidiary Beijing Telecom.
Spanish multi-national operator Telefónica has unveiled a wide-reaching Network Functions Virtualization programme that it says will see it have more than 30 per cent of new infrastructure virtualized by 2016. The initiative, which will launch in June this year and has been named Unica (which is Spanish for ‘unique’), provides a framework for Telefónica’s “global, end-to-end virtualisation deployment,” the firm said.
While the technological benefits of using software defined networking (SDN) to help operators dynamically provision network applications and services have been well publicised, the economic benefits that the technology could bring are now being articulated.
The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit dedicated to opening up Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technology, has announced the appointment of Dr. Serge Manning, senior manager for corporate standards at Huawei, as chairman of the ONF Wireless and Mobile Working Group.
Operator group Deutsche Telekom is looking to transform itself into a “software defined operator”, the firm’s VP for aggregation, transport, IP and fixed access, Axel Clauberg told Broadband World Forum delegates.
Network performance is the biggest barrier to new services and innovation, according to Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson, who opened the Broadband World Forum keynote on day two of the event.
Director, Professional Services, Du, UAE: “SDN promises to enable us to crack expensive proprietary black boxes of network manufacturers”
Imran Malik, director of professional services for Du in the UAE, is speaking in the Virtualisation & Cloud track on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the conference we find out more about how SDN can enable networks to respond to changing demands and how cloud represents a real opportunity for telcos.
Software defined networking (SDN) is much talked about and so far has been used to optimise datacentre resources in the cloud. It has been much discussed in the telco sphere and operators have tested SDN applications for operational network elements but the application of SDN to transport and backhaul optimisation has only started so recently that there is little quantification to support SDN business cases for service providers. That may soon change however, as research released Thursday found that SDN can almost half the perceived “backhaul shortfall” and save operators just under $5bn in capital expenses by 2017.
David Amzallag, Vice President and CTO, Virtual Telecommunications and Cloud Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent, talks to Telecoms.com about Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization.
Dr Sameh Yamany, President and CEO of Trendium, talks to telecoms.com at LTE World Summit in Amsterdam about real time data analysis and intelligence with a view to monetising LTE.
Network management and switching specification OpenFlow is being buoyed by industry support, according to the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting Software Defined Networking (SDN). The group recently stepped up development and implementation of the OpenFlow 1.3 protocol, with a conformance testing event attended by 90 per cent of the group’s members.
With summer supposedly fast approaching, many look to trim some fat and get in shape for the sunny months. The Informer has never been a huge fan of gyms; in fact his favourite machine in the gym is the one that sells chocolate. Telefonica’s UK arm O2, is one business that is looking to get lean for the holidays, though, and this week it announced that it is to trim 3,500 UK employees.
Collaborative open source initiative, the OpenDaylight Project, has announced Cyan, Huawei, Inocybe Technologies, Plexxi and Radware as new members to help further the development of open source SDN.
Chipmaker Intel has launched three “strategic reference architectures” that the firm claims will enable IT and telecom firms to accelerate hardware and software development for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).
With virtualisation evolving rapidly and open source in favour, telecom equipment vendors could all end up developing what is effectively the same software to manage the cloud. But what they have to bring to the table is telecom-grade experience.
Japanese vendor NEC has established a partnership with Portuguese incumbent operator Portugal Telecom that will see the two firms collaborate on SDN (software defined networking) and virtualisation technology for datacenters and carrier networks.
Chinese equipment vendor Huawei clearly envisions a world where network applications and services will run on commodity hardware and software. For a company that sells specialist boxes into networks, this could be a bold statement. In the latest in our series of SDN-themed interviews, Sanqi Li, CTO of Huawei’s carrier network business, simply sees this approach as the evolution of business models for both carriers and vendors.
With Software Defined Networking (SDN) generating a lot of interest at MWC, there are plenty of approaches jockeying for position. Networking equipment vendor Juniper Networks recently came out with its own contribution and a four-step approach to implementing the concept.
In the first of our series of features on Software Defined Networking, Marcus Weldon, CTO at Alcatel Lucent and Bell Labs, gives Telecoms.com his take on the buzzword of the moment.