According to latest survey by Dialogic, overwhelming majority of respondents see service providers benefitting the most from Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with Unified Communications the likely starting place for NFV deployments followed by 4G and 3G a distant consideration.
“It all comes down to the fact that virtualization of Network Functions is just a matter of when, not if,” according to Thomas Schroer, director of service provider marketing for Dialogic. “Because the timing is right now for virtualizing UC and VoIP applications and 70 percent of survey respondents expect to see gains in operational efficiency right away.”
Dialogic says the findings of the survey may surprise some within the industry who made early predictions that contact centers would be the primary point of adoption for NFV. Instead, 81 percent of respondents foresee a diminishing role for the Central Office; but more than half expect purpose built hardware to have longevity, as per Dialogic. The top benefits of NFV were seen as relating to CAPEX and OPEX, with 70 percent of respondents believing they could be more operationally efficient with NFV and 67 percent indicating it is a better way to invest capital, finds Dialogic.
The overall findings make clear that while customers will benefit with NFV, it’s the operators who stand to gain the most, suggests Dialogic.
This NFV survey was conducted by Dialogic among 12 top service providers in the U.S., and is now available for download from its website.