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RAD Previews Its NFV Plans

By Paula Bernier September 17, 2013

RAD today lifted the curtain on plans to introduce what it calls distributed NFV into its Service Assured Access Solutions. The company expects to make the product available within the next couple of weeks, and will officially unveil the solution at an industry event in New York early next month.

“RAD is taking the approach that it is with NFV because it believes NFV should be more than a tool for relocating functionality from a customer site to the network, and thus should be located wherever virtualized functions will be most effective and where it will be least expensive and reduce total costs for a provider,” explains RAD spokesman Kevin Tanzillo.

Doyle Research expects the NFV, or networks functions virtualization, market to gain momentum with early use cases during 2014 and forecasts the market – including software, servers, and storage – will reach approximately $5 billion by 2018.

NFV has to do with virtualizing specific aspects of the network related to functions like deep packet inspection and the HSS, as two examples. This is expected to enable service providers to benefit from cost savings resulting from the use of industry-standard servers. Another expected benefit of NFV is that it will allow service providers to more quickly introduce new services and capabilities leveraging such infrastructure. Software Telco Congress, taking place Nov. 20-21 in Santa Clara, Calif., will explore these NFV capabilities and applications in depth.

AT&T, BT Group, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Verizon got the NFV ball rolling last year with the creation of an NFV group within ETSI and the publication of a white paper on NFV.

RAD customers include major operators and service providers including BT, Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, Orange, Telefonica and Verizon, as well as Bharti Airtel, CenturyLink, China Mobile, China Telecom, Claro, Embratel, Hutchison, KDDI, KPN, SingTel, SoftBank, Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, Telus, and Vodafone.

Edited by Alisen Downey

Executive Editor, TMC

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