With increased competition and customer demand, wireless service providers are under continued pressure to reduce costs and increase revenues to remain financially viable. Network function virtualization (NFV), poised to be the most significant innovation for network and service transformation over the next decade, has the potential to deliver significant improvements to operator margins.
A Smarter Network Requires Smarter Tools
As virtualized network functions evolve to be self-configuring and deliver maximum benefit, this will require the associated optimization and assurance tools to become much smarter than their physical network equivalents. Specifically these tools must be capable of:
- Accessing virtual network interface points
- Integrating with the virtualized network-management infrastructure
- Self-configuring and executing – without manual intervention
- Delivering precision performance visibility in real-time
Only by employing these smarter tools will network operators and service providers be able to address the additional challenges and opportunities posed by virtualized networks. This includes the successful introduction of new services enabled by increased network flexibility and the enablement of automatic, self-configuration by the network.
An NFV-Ready Portfolio and Expertise
The VIAVI NFV-ready portfolio provides comprehensive test, measurement, and assurance capabilities that operate on physical, virtual and hybrid networks. Providing value-added performance visibility and troubleshooting insight across IT infrastructure, transport links, video services, and customer experience, this broad portfolio helps enable wireless network operators to introduce virtualized network functions while maintaining the high quality of service experience expected by their end customers.
Given the scale of change introduced by virtualization, a great deal of effort is being expended within industry forums and vendor ecosystems to develop NFV standards, guidelines, and best practices. VIAVI is an active participant with demonstrated leadership in these initiatives, with contributions and collaboration in the ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group, TM Forum Zero-touch Orchestration, Operations and Management (ZOOM) program, and vendor ecosystem programs, including the VMware Technology Alliance and Alcatel Lucent Cloudband.
VIAVI’s industry leadership and expertise uniquely positions our wireless NFV-ready solutions to help accelerate the scale of deployment and ROI of virtualization using smarter test, measurement and assurance functionality.