As Principal Analyst for Service Provider Infrastructure, David is responsible for tracking the evolution and key developments within the IP Services Infrastructure market. His coverage areas include Hosted Multimedia Application Servers, IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS), Mobile Softswitching, Policy Control, Service Delivery Platforms (SDPs), Session Border Controls (SBCs) and Softswitches.
Vendor jostling for limelight in DOCOMO’s flagship vEPC rollout has finally subsided.
At the end of the day, Ericsson and Netcracker came out best in the multi-vendor stakes.
Back in March, NTT DOCOMO commercially launched its national vEPC infrastructure and we made some comments in this blog of March 17 around the significance of this rollout in terms of being “multi-vendor”, “NFV” and “on time”. In particular, we noted that DOCOMO had selected three vendors from an original cadre of six after several years of intense cross-vendor VNF/MANO/NFVI testing. Almost immediately, that statement was challenged by a Fujitsu announcement (flagging up its role in the project and fronting Nokia’s products), which we then summarized in the blog of April 7. That blog made some observations around VNFM procurement, but now that the dust has settled, what do we now know? Continue reading “NTT DOCOMO’s vEPC Launch “Take 3”: Scoring 1 – 1 in the NFV MANO Vendor Stakes”→
Late to announce its participation in NTT DOCOMO’s commercial vEPC launch, Fujitsu/Nokia pushes the projects VNFM count up to at least two.
More than ever before, the VNFM is attracting serious attention with carrier options for VNFM procurement multiplying.
A couple of weeks back, on March 9, NTT DOCOMO commercially launched its national vEPC infrastructure and we made some comments in this blog of March 17 around the significance of this rollout in terms of being “multi-vendor”, “NFV” and “on time”. In particular, we noted the fact that DOCOMO had selected three vendors from an original cadre of six after several years of intense cross-vendor VNF/MANO/NFVI testing. Almost inevitably, that statement was challenged by a subsequent vendor announcement and a number of calls to Current Analysis from “the other three”. Continue reading “NTT DOCOMO’s vEPC Launch – The Plot Thickens”→
Mobile World Congress saw not one, but two, new open source MANO initiatives launched
While a true open source is a massive step forward for telecom, MANO may end up in a state of “openkill”
With general consensus that, for the first time in three years, MWC16 was not dominated by operator or vendor NFV messaging, it’s not true to say that there wasn’t any significant NFV activity – far from it. What was particularly intriguing though, was that the significant NFV activity was around open source MANO.
Four announcements in one week on the status of rival VNF interoperability and NFV partner ecosystems point to the fact that the VNF market is well and truly open for business.
Despite the fact that there has been some jostling for limelight between VNF ‘independents’ and major VNF vendors, all this is good news for telcos.
With the holiday season looming, December is either a time when telecom vendor activity starts to fall off or, conversely, there’s a rush to get things out by the end of the calendar year. The latter seemed to be the case for the network functions virtualization (NFV) ecosystem during the course of the past week, when we were treated to a barrage of announcements in this area. Continue reading “Just in Time: The VNF Marketplace Opens for Business in 2015”→