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NFV Zone Week in Review: KT, NEC, Samsung, SK Telecom

By Paula Bernier August 08, 2015

Another week, another study—or two, or three—on the expected growth of network functions virtualization and software-defined networking—or something related.

This time the report comes from Oh, and IHS, the part formerly known as Infonetics Research. And also Juniper Research.

The word from is that NFV and SDN will be worth $2 billion this year and more than $45 billion five years out.

By IHS’s count, 82 percent of the market (or, at least, of those that it surveyed) have either deployed SDN, are doing so now, or plan to do so this year.

Speaking of early adopters, SK Telecom of Korea has just installed the virtualized Evolved Packet Core from Samsung that it was talking about using back in February.

This solution, for which Samsung is its exclusive supplier, is at the heart of SK Telecom’s mobile network to enable connectivity for the Internet of Things. And, oh, by the way, the Samsung product is called the AdaptiV Core.

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And while we’re on the subject of cellular networks, I just wrote a posting about yet another market forecast study. In this one Juniper Research opines that 5G services revenues will amount to $100 million in 2020 and $65 billion by 2025. We should add that 5G has not even been defined by the ITU or other standards groups.

That said, network operators and their infrastructure suppliers are already hard at work on 5G solutions. Among that group are KT Corp. (formerly Korea Telecom) and NEC, which Joe Rizzo this week reports are collaborating on 5G.

As discussed above in the mention of SK Telecom, cellular network operators today are already leveraging NFV to some extent. But the opportunity to leverage NFV and SDN in 5G networks will be even greater, according to Chris Pearson, president of 4G Americas.

Executive Editor, TMC

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