From network virtualisation to 5G slicing

From network virtualization to 5G slicing

Management and orchestration (MANO) required to unlock the full potential of virtualisation

This report provides a benchmark of telcos’ network transformation strategy covering SDN/NFV implementations, network slicing overview and also datacenters evolution.

The idea of the benchmark is to give a global overview of the real involvement of telcos on virtualisation through trials, deployments and launch of commercial services involving SDN/NFV.

Questions to be answered are:

Who are the telcos involved in SDN/NFV?
What are their strategy in implementing virtualisation in their infrastructure?
Where do they start implementing it in their infrastructure?

The report also describes how management and orchestration (MANO) is seen as a major issue slowing down the virtualisation implementation as telcos do not agree with a common framework.

Executive Summary
Key findings
1. Key enablers for slicing
1.1. SDN/NFV – Definition and interests
1.2. MANO – Management And Orchestration
1.3. 5G and network slicing – The principle, merits and issues
2. MANO initiatives: the key issues
2.1. MANO issues
2.2. ONAP – Open Networking Automation Platform
2.4. TIP – Telecom Infra Project
3. Benchmarking the telcos’ SDN/NFV commitment
Content of the benchmark
4. Synthesis
4.1. Evolution of telcos involved in virtualisation
4.2. Telco implementation of SDN/NFV
4.3. Telco strategies
4.4. Telco positioning
4.5. Infrastructure vendors involved in virtualisation
5. Sizing
5.1. SDN and NFV market size
List of tables and figures
1. Key enablers for slicing
SDN principle
NFV principle
Operational benefits
TTM acceleration
Cost savings
Simplified representation of MANO within telco architecture
5G use cases
5G network slicing example
Network slicing principle
The relevant organisations involved in designing network slicing
2. MANO initiatives: the key issues
ONAP deployment status
4. Synthesis
Number of operators in virtualisation
Number of SDN/NFV implementations: 2017 and 2019
Telcos running SDN/NFV implementations through subsidiaries
Number of telcos having deployed and trialled vEPC and vIMS
Number of telcos having deployed and trialled vRAN and vOLT
Geographical breakdown of SD-WAN deployments in 2019
Breakdown of network slicing trials/ demos by use case
Positioning of telcos, by level and type of implementation (network or services)
Providers selected for current SDN/NFV projects
5. Sizing
Breakdown of the SDN/NFV market by type of player in 2019 and 2023
Breakdown of the SDN and NFV market by region, 2019-2023

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