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Market Insight: Key Strategic Implications for CSPs' CTO, CIO and CMO to Consider When Planning SDN and NFV

Published: 17 March 2016

ID: G00293312

Analyst(s): Martina Kurth


The telecom industry is facing a huge technology transition. Software-defined network/network function virtualization will be very disruptive for CSPs' network-centric operations. CSPs' C-level decision-makers must ensure strategic service-centric, bimodal operations to exploit new related revenues.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Operationalizing SDN and NFV Will Require a Paradigm Shift to IT-Centric Networking
  • Anticipated Benefits of SDN/NFV
  • Technology Investments Should be Closely Linked to Revenue
    • SDN/NFV Revenue Opportunities
    • Modeling the SDN/NFV Business Case

Background and Context

The Impact

  • CSPs Will Streamline Efforts Over the Next Five Years to Tap Into SDN/NFV


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