Operators rely on open source to alleviate integration challenges

Timeline to adoption of NFV and SDN is being delayed from initial projections

The ability to reduce capex will initially be the largest cost benefit realized by adopters of NFV and SDN as software-mediated technologies enable operators to significantly reduce spend on proprietary hardware. Reducing opex will be a longer process as most operators will maintain both legacy and virtualized environments until they are ready to migrate fully to virtualized infrastructure. — Senior Analyst Michael Soper, TBR’s 1Q18 NFV/SDN Telecom Market Landscape

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