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NFV still has a role to play in the larger network transformation because it helps operators migrate towards a cloud-native, service-based infrastructure based on the customer’s telco cloud maturity.


  • NFV will serve as an entry point to telco cloud. It will still be a relevant technology used to push automation into layer 2 and layer 3 for better network operations.
  • NFV is not going away, but its management model will need to be updated to accelerate NFV adoption.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluate how telecom vendors can position NFV portfolios to meet operator demand in 2020.
  • Learn key drivers for NFV over the next year.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key themes driving NFV adoption in 2020?
  • How does NFV fit in to operators' overall network transformation for 5G?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for service providers
  • Recommendations for vendors

NFV remains part of the overall progression to 5G

  • NFV is the operators' entry point to telco cloud operations
  • Cloud-native NFVI is fundamental to run new services

NFV does not go away, but the management model must change

  • Technology disruptions to 2013's NFV
  • Don't design for the NFV-O; design for the service

Kubernetes for telco workloads has come a long way

  • Interworking between VMs and containers is critical


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author