NFV will soon be pervasive, though standards issues loom

Network functions virtualization (NFV) is surrounded by hype, but the reality is that the move to virtualize certain elements of operator networks will be well underway in the 2016/2017 timeframe, according to speakers at this week's TM Forum Live conference in Nice, France. Yet speakers cautioned that NFV will be an incremental process rather than a "big bang," with some functions, such as the evolved packet core (EPC), being easily virtualized. A major issue is the development of standards, according to Ken Dilbeck, TM Forum vice president of strategy. He said the TM Forum supports a "fail fast" approach to at least start the process and see what will actually work. For more, see this FierceWireless:Europe article.