Huawei assists China Mobile for NFV pilot project in China

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China Mobile has selected Huawei vIMS to deploy on Huawei servers for its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) pilot project in China.

In addition, the management and orchestration (MANO) is adopted for unified management and service orchestration.

“The trial aims to verify cloud-based networking, technical specifications, service capabilities, maintenance, and lifecycle management, laying a solid foundation for large trial and commercial use of cloud-based core network in the future,” said Zhang Zhendong, deputy general manager of China Mobile, Shaanxi.

Huawei and China Mobile will perform verifications to help China Mobile develop NFV specifications, including design, implementation, and O&M, and implement NovoNet2020 strategies.

NFV market

Research agency IHS recently said the NFV hardware, software and services market will reach $11.6 billion in 2019 from $2.3 billion in 2015.

“We believe NFV software will comprise over 80 percent of the $11.6 billion total NFV revenue in 2019,” said Michael Howard, senior research director for carrier networks at IHS. “The software is always a much larger investment than the server, storage and switch hardware, representing about $4 of every $5 spent on NFV.”

Telecom service providers are still early in the long-term, 10- to 15-year transformation to virtualized networks. Revenue from outsourced services for NFV projects is projected to grow at a 71 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019. Revenue from software-only video content delivery network (CDN) functions for managing and distributing data will grow 30-fold from 2015 to 2019.

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