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Current Analysis' take on new AT&T's SDN/NFV goals

London - 17 December 2014

Recent research from Current Analysis shows that AT&T'sgoal of virtualising and controlling over 75% of its network using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will pave the way for the industry, but lack of IT heavyweights in vendor roster could be short-sighted.

In a blog post published yesterday, AT&T's John Donovan announced the next milestone in the mobile operator's NFV and SDN-centric User-Defined Network vision – the goal of virtualising and controlling over 75% of its network using the new architecture by 2020. In a follow-on call, Donovan told Current Analysis that the roster of vendors supporting AT&T's software-centric network evolution is unlikely to see any significant additions. New vendors will likely be integrated by AT&T's existing suppliers Affirmed Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, Brocade, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Juniper and Metaswitch.

Peter Jarich, Vice President of Consumer and Infrastructure research at Current Analysis, says:

"In many ways, this isn't surprising. AT&T is one of a handful of operators actively driving SDN and NFV forward - paving the way for others to follow. It only makes sense for the operator to 'put its money where its mouth is.'"

"This aligns nicely with recent research Current Analysis has done. Surveying 100 service provider executives, the faster service rollout implied in AT&T's Network on Demand solution was cited by 92% of operators as an investment or deployment priority over the next three years."

"AT&T isn't alone in favouring Telco vendors over IT vendors when it comes to SDN/NFV deployment and integration; almost two-thirds of carriers surveyed in our recent research expected Telco vendors to take the lead in supplying SDN/NFV software and integration services. That doesn't mean this isn't potentially short-sighted."

"For service providers, SDN and NFV are, ultimately, about the integration of IT principles, assets and operations into their service-bearing networks. Bringing IT vendors into these transformations at a foundational level only makes sense in order to benefit from their insights and assets and culture. Will an SDN or NFV strategy fail without them? Probably not. Would it be better with them? Probably."

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Nearly two-thirds of service providers plan to rely on Telco vendors for SDN/NFV software and integration services.

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