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NFV is not irrelevant. It still provides a pathway for operators to move towards cloud-native, containerized applications at the telco edge.


  • Common themes among NFV lessons are more automation, aligned internal operations, and simplicity.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates recent market moves that telecom vendors and operators have made in NFV.
  • Analyzes what opportunities remain for industry players involved in NFV.

Key questions answered

  • What has the industry learned from past NFV deployments?
  • What role will NFV play in larger network transformation for operators?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Automation: Ciena pushes further into the OSS space with expanded Blue Planet portfolio
  • Internal operations: Verizon gets it – the key to moving the needle in NFV is people
  • Simplicity: Netcracker further simplifies VNF onboarding and license management


  • Further reading
  • Author

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