Everyone is talking about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) these days. But wouldn’t you rather hear what the people who are implementing NFV in their own network have to say about it?

In this white paper, Ibrahim Gideon, CTO of Telus Corporation, provides an honest, detailed account of his company’s network transformation experience. Gideon acknowledged areas where the transformation ran into difficulties, as well as the solutions that Telus and Affirmed developed to address those issues.

Hassan Ahmed, CEO of Affirmed Networks, shares some of the key NFV lessons learned during the company’s 100+ trial and production deployments, many of which were re-affirmed by Gideon’s experiences. These include:

  • Don’t look at capex savings as the end, but as the beginning to NFV’s real value: opex reduction and revenue generation.
  • Have a virtualization strategy—don’t simply build a software version of the hardware network you have today.
  • Do your homework and choose NFV solutions that already support 5G features today: network slicing, service automation, self-intelligent networks, etc.

Leveraging the lessons learned by successful NFV adopters can help ensure that your network transformational roadmap leads your business beyond the simple promise of capex reduction to higher revenues in the 5G future.

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