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Network function virtualization (NFV), despite an inconsistent start, will be one of the key enabling technologies driving this telco-to-digital service provider shift in preparation for 5G.


  • As NFV infrastructures mature, the next step for operators will be to move toward edge computing and network slicing capabilities to drive the service efficiencies enterprises are demanding.

Features and Benefits

  • Sizes the market potential for NFV software vendors.
  • Discusses the major drivers for CSP spend on NFV software.

Key questions answered

  • What are the drivers for CSP investment in NFV?
  • After 5G commercialization, what are the next areas CSPs are going to invest in?

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  • Summary
  • NFV remains integral for 5G networking
  • Onward to edge computing and network slicing
  • Operators still need help navigating NFV deployments


  • Further reading
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