AT&T has taken another step in its ongoing virtualization strategy by implementing container technology, a dedicated software compartment for a virtualized network function.
Here is a thought: are 5G presentations becoming some sort of mobile tech jazz performance? With a song there are certain notes musicians have to play. In classical there is very little room for improvisation. The notes and timing of those notes are to be played exactly as written. Jazz on the other hand provides much more room for improv; the musicians are free to play around with the notes and timing so long as they don't stray too far from the rest of the band. Extending this metaphor to 5G, the mobile ecosystem is the band while the technologies and innovations vendors and operators hope to deliver 5G are the notes.
In case there were any doubt, it's becoming clearer every day that it's no joke: That old, staid telecom giant known as AT&T is actually turning its engineering ship around in a big, big way, and it's not your grandfather's or grandmother's network anymore.
As part of its mission to virtualize 75 percent of its network by 2020, AT&T is using Metaswitch's Perimeta session border controller (SBC) to power a portion of its software-centric network.
The global market for software-defined networking (SDN) software, hardware and services is expected to skyrocket from $103 million in 2014 to $5.7 billion in 2019, according to IHS. The research firm, in its latest IHS Infonetics SDN study, also said that the industry is still early in this SDN transformation and it won't be until 2016 to 2020 that the industry will have widespread commercial deployments of SDN.
Rift.io, a Boston-based startup, is poised to make some moves in the network functions virtualization (NFV) space. The company just raised $16 million in series A funding led by North Bridge Venture Partners. The funding will be used to develop its open source NFV platform, Rift.ware, and expand its engineering and design team.
IHS predicted the global market for carrier SDN equipment will hit $5.7 billion (€5.1 billion) by 2019, fuelled by a 15-fold increase in service provider spending between 2015 and 2019.
John Donovan, senior EVP of AT&T's technology and operations, said the carrier's move to software-defined networking (SDN) is already beginning to pay off. Specifically, he said the operator's new SDN-powered Network on Demand feature, which allows businesses to increase and decrease the amount of bandwidth they need in real time, has led to a "95 percent improvement in provisioning cycle times."
John Donovan, senior EVP of AT&T's technology and operations, said the carrier is rapidly moving to deploy software-defined networking (SDN) into its mobile network to lower the company's networking costs.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-- Adtran's top executive said that he predicts software-defined networking (SDN) will have a huge impact on the telecom industry because, once deployed, it will allow operators to move more quickly and save money. And he believes Adtran is well positioned to take advantage of this trend once operators stop trialing SDN and begin converting their networks.