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Carriers today are facing substantial challenges in transforming themselves in the new digital economy. The traditional service model, based on voice, SM, and best-effort broadband access and built on heavy-asset network infrastructure with high operation management costs, is no longer sustainable. The convergence of rapidly maturing technologies in software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and cloud is providing the new foundation for transforming existing carrier network infrastructures into open, abstracted, programmable, software-defined, and automated ones.
While these technology innovations are certainly disruptive, in reality carriers clearly want to take an evolutionary path to transform their existing multi-generation networks without service disruption. Hence, in order to ensure the success of this new wave of carrier transformation, it is important to identify high-priority projects that address immediately pressing issues in network infrastructure and/or business operation and undertake migration initiatives one at a time accordingly.
Every carrier has its unique issues at different stages and will have its own pace of migration, prioritizing different initiatives based on their needs. Huawei is proactively engaging with our customers and embarking on joint initiatives with them to help them implement their network business transformations without disruptions, under the grand vision named SoftCOM of moving towards the convergence of SDN, NFV, and cloud.