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1 Jun

Solving Virtualization Challenges at TMForum Live! 2016


As part of the TM Forum’s Catalyst Program, three service providers – Orange of France, KDDI of Japan, and Verizon of USA – posed a challenge to demonstrate how to handle and adapt to an imminent future that features virtualized components and agile, automated systems to orchestrate them and assure service and performance.

Three industry-leading technology vendors – SevOne, Nokia and Enterprise Web – were up for the challenge. The trio recently demonstrated key scenarios at TM Forum Live! 2016 in Nice, France.

Future State: Virtualizing Operations with Dave Duggal

As you know, software, applications and services running on a digital infrastructure are the lifeblood of every carrier. The technology available to build that digital infrastructure is changing, and it’s changing fast. And the rapid evolution of virtualization has two outcomes – it’s creating opportunities, but also posing challenges for service providers.

Service providers are facing mounting pressure to compete in terms of speed – speed to introduce new offerings, speed to respond to market opportunities, speed to provision and change services, and speed to fix issues that degrade service. Service providers need speed to remain competitive.

The goal of the catalyst project was to highlight the opportunities virtualization provides, while providing solutions to the challenges it can introduce. This project demonstrated a vision of what the future state of carrier operations might be.

Today’s advancements are fostering an agile world in which not only are services designed and provisioned in a matter of minutes, but problems – even issues not specifically anticipated – are recognized immediately and resolved just as rapidly.

At TM Forum, the catalyst participants demonstrated how operations that currently take weeks can now be achieved in a matter of minutes thanks to virtualization. (The live demonstration of the design, validation, and deployment of a new service with virtualized components took less than ten minutes, and the service provider champions estimated that the same operation currently takes more than a month.) The group also highlighted scenarios that included unforeseen issues, and showed how operations can respond quickly and effectively, even when some events don’t go according to plan.

The catalyst also explored how both routine and advanced operations can be performed within a decentralized OSS ecosystem without every possibility being specifically anticipated and scripted with premeditated workflow.

The catalyst proposed the human as the supervisor, showing the operations people that monitor the infrastructure that they will not have to do everything by hand. This allows Ops to use their time more efficiently and to oversee a bigger and more dynamic infrastructure.

Our message to service providers is that they can design, validate, and implement faster, and that means that they can adapt to any market change faster. Being able to move faster is what service providers need to win in an increasingly complex and competitive marketplace.

For more on SevOne carrier challenges, solutions, use cases and resources, visit our 4G LTE solutions guide.

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