How SDN and NFV can help prepare operators for 2020

Global digital mesh network, vector illustration

In the next five years operators are expected to deliver technologies bringing around societal change of enormous significance. 5G, when it arrives, and a world connected in an internet of things will see operators become increasingly important to enterprise and consumer customers. Inevitably, by 2020 the operator network will face demand and strain it’s never seen before, and over the past few years the telecoms industry has been working to prepare itself.

Software defined networking and network functions virtualization will form just two of the pieces of the overall jigsaw that is the 2020 network. This Intelligence paper published in association with Cisco will discuss some of the considerations telcos must address in the shift towards a virtualized infrastructure, and be ready for IoT, 5G and everything the next five years will bring.

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