This report provides a benchmark of telcos’ network transformation strategy covering SDN/NFV implementations, network slicing overview and also datacenters evolution.

The idea of the benchmark is to give a global overview of the real involvement of telcos on virtualisation through trials, deployments and launch of commercial services involving SDN/NFV.

Questions to be answered are:
– Who are the telcos involved in SDN/NFV?
– What are their strategy in implementing virtualisation in their infrastructure?
– Where do they start implementing it in their infrastructure?

The report also describes how management and orchestration (MANO) is seen as a major issue slowing down the virtualisation implementation as telcos do not agree with a common framework.

The Excel workbook including the benchmark content is provided.

Table of contents

Executive Summary
– Key findings

1. Key enablers for slicing
1.1. SDN/NFV – Definition and interests
1.2. MANO – Management And Orchestration
1.3. 5G and network slicing – The principle, merits and issues

2. MANO initiatives: the key issues
2.1. MANO issues
2.2. ONAP – Open Networking Automation Platform
2.4. TIP – Telecom Infra Project

3. Benchmarking the telcos’ SDN/NFV commitment
– Content of the benchmark

4. Synthesis
4.1. Evolution of telcos involved in virtualisation
4.2. Telco implementation of SDN/NFV
4.3. Telco strategies
4.4. Telco positioning
4.5. Infrastructure vendors involved in virtualisation

5. Sizing
5.1. SDN and NFV market size


List of tables and figures

List of tables and figures

1. Key enablers for slicing
• SDN principle
• NFV principle
• Operational benefits
• TTM acceleration
• Cost savings
• Simplified representation of MANO within telco architecture
• 5G use cases
• 5G network slicing example
• Network slicing principle
• The relevant organisations involved in designing network slicing

2. MANO initiatives: the key issues
• ONAP deployment status

4. Synthesis
• Number of operators in virtualisation
• Number of SDN/NFV implementations: 2017 and 2019
• Telcos running SDN/NFV implementations through subsidiaries
• Number of telcos having deployed and trialled vEPC and vIMS
• Number of telcos having deployed and trialled vRAN and vOLT
• Geographical breakdown of SD-WAN deployments in 2019
• Breakdown of network slicing trials/ demos by use case
• Positioning of telcos, by level and type of implementation (network or services)
• Providers selected for current SDN/NFV projects

5. Sizing
• Breakdown of the SDN/NFV market by type of player in 2019 and 2023
• Breakdown of the SDN and NFV market by region, 2019-2023

DataSet Scope

SDN/NFV market size: investments in SDN/NFV by type of players
– Forecasts for 2019-2023
– Constant prices, 2019 (EUR)
– Broken down into three main regions: Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific
– Regional aggregate data include all countries in the region

Virtualisation Involvment Per Operator
– Strategy of operators regarding their network transformation and importance of virtualisation
– Overview of network slicing (including demos and proofs of concept)
– Monitoring of virtualisation implementations (trials, deployments and commercial launches)
– List of partnerships

Geographic area

Asia-Pacific Europe North America World


  • Airtel
  • Altice
  • AT&T
  • Bell Canada
  • BT
  • CenturyLink
  • China Mobile
  • China Telecom
  • China Unicom
  • Chungwha Telecom
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Digicel
  • Etisalat
  • HKT
  • KDDI
  • KPN
  • KT
  • LGU+
  • Manx Telecom
  • MPT
  • NTT
  • Ooredoo
  • Orange
  • PCCW
  • Proximus
  • Singtel
  • SK Telecom
  • Smartfren
  • SoftBank
  • Sprint
  • STC
  • Swisscom
  • Tata
  • Tele2
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telefónica
  • Telekom Austria
  • Telenor
  • Telia
  • Telstra
  • Telus
  • Turkcell
  • Verizon
  • Vimpelcom
  • Veon
  • Vodacom
  • Vodafone
  • XL Axiata

Other details

  • Reference: M19520BA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: 5G slicing, automated networks, datacenter, management and orchestration, MANO, network slicing, network virtualisation, SDN/NFV

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