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Service providers will implement SDN/NFV alongside network bandwidth upgrades such as, next-gen PON, and D-CCAP. Network upgrades provide an inflection point for adoption of SDN/NFV-enabled equipment.


  • Service providers should consider the synergistic benefits of SDN/NFV adoption alongside bandwidth upgrades. This piecemeal adoption of SDN/NFV enables capex, opex, and service-provisioning benefits without the costs and risks of massive SDN/NFV adoption.
  • Vendors must develop SDN/NFV solutions that can be implemented incrementally while providing immediate benefit. After all, this is access where older technologies and solutions thrive for many years.
  • Both service providers and vendors need to keep the hype in check. Realistic benefit analysis focuses best use of the limited development and testing resources.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the opportunities for SDN/NFV in residential broadband access networks and goes beyond the hype to identify the applications.
  • Analyzes initial applications for copper, co-axial, and fiber networks.
  • Evaluates the vCPE opportunity and how it differs from vCPE adoption in the enterprise market.

Key questions answered

  • Where are the opportunities for SDN/NFV in residential broadband access networks? Where are the initial adoptions and why?
  • What drives the adoption of SDN/NFV in residential broadband access networks?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

SDN/NFV is not equal everywhere

  • Residential and enterprise access networks are not the same

SDN/NFV begins across copper, coax, and fiber

  • Adoption is in conjunction with bandwidth upgrades

SDN/NFV in residential access

  • Stay tuned for more research and recommendations


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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