NFV is of special value to service providers. When a network extends to customers’ premises, the need to manage hardware appliances is a serious inconvenience. Deploying virtualized network functions is faster and doesn’t require in-person visits in most cases.
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are two closely related ways to reduce dependencies on specialized hardware and make networks more agile. One can be used without the other, but combining them lets them reach their goals more effectively.
TM Forum, the industry association driving digital transformation through collaboration, released the results from its third bi-annual Digital Transformation Tracker (DTT). Here’s a summary of Section 1 that describes where CSPs are on their path to digital transformation.