1. Executive Summary

2. Methodology & definitions
2.1. General methodology of IDATE DigiWorld's reports
2.2. SDN and NFV, definitions of the concepts

3. Benefits of SDN and NFV for telcos
3.1. Four categories of benefits expected from SDN and NFV
3.2. Feedback from early implementations

4. Application of SDN and NFV within telco network: concepts and implementation
4.1. NFV architecture
4.1.1. Description and interests
4.1.2. Telcos' implementation
4.2. The virtualisation of fixed access
4.2.1. Description and interests
4.2.2. Telcos' implementation
4.3. The virtualisation of radio access
4.3.1. vRAN
4.3.2. Potential development: Mobile Edge Computing (MEC)
4.4. The virtualisation of the core network
4.4.1. Description and interests
4.4.2. Telcos' implementation
4.5. The virtualisation of CPE
4.6. SDN- and NFV-based application services
4.6.1. Enterprise services
4.6.2. Potential development: Virtual network services

5. Network slicing for 5G capabilities
5.1. Technical descriptions
5.1.1. The concept
5.1.2. Status of network slicing in 5G standardisation
5.1.3. Trials
5.2. Business implications
5.2.1. Short to mid-term
5.2.2. Longer term and limits

6. Players' positioning
6.1. Synthesis of current SDN and NFV trials and deployments
6.2. Major telcos' positioning and strategy in virtualisation
6.2.1. AT&T
6.2.2. BT
6.2.3. China Mobile
6.2.4. DT
6.2.5. Orange
6.2.6. Telefónica
6.2.7. Verizon
6.2.8. Vodafone
6.3. Infrastructure providers

7. Market sizing

Table 1: Benefits expected from telcos by using SDN and NFV
Table 2: Importance of expected benefits for major telcos in the implementation of SDN and NFV
Table 3: Application of SDN and NFV along the network and service infrastructure and telcos implementation level
Table 4: Telcos involvement in datacenter development for SDN /NFV
Table 5: OpenStack production by telcos
Table 6: vEPC and vIMS implementation level
Table 7: vCPE implementation level
Table 8: SD-WAN implementation level
Table 9: Network slicing implementations
Table 10: Deployment of SDN/NFV for a multi-country operator
Table 11: Global strategy of major telcos and SDN and NFV positioning
Table 12: Main SDN and NFV providers, their positioning and main references

Figure 1: Concept of Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
Figure 2: How NFV works
Figure 3: Illustration of multi-service platform
Figure 4: AT&T evolution in equipment suppliers
Figure 5: Automated operations benefit from NFV
Figure 6: Shortened time to market
Figure 7: New relationships for stakeholders
Figure 8: NFV framework
Figure 9: Role of orchestration
Figure 10: SDN and NFV, enablers of multi-tenancy
Figure 11: Virtualisation of OLT as part of CORD
Figure 12: Access network unbundling with SDN
Figure 13: From distributed to virtualised Radio Access Network
Figure 14: Mobile Edge Computing and vRAN
Figure 15: vCDN and MEC used for Augmented Reality (AR)
Figure 16: vEPC concept and expected benefits
Figure 17: vEPC capabilities in case of natural disaster
Figure 18: Role of vEPC in M2M network
Figure 19: Virtualisation of residential CPE
Figure 20: SD-WAN concept
Figure 21: Self-service provisioning through web portal
Figure 22: Virtual XaaS for network services
Figure 23: Federation
Figure 24: The three main use cases of 5G
Figure 25: Network slicing and 5G architecture
Figure 26: Examples of 5G network slices
Figure 27: Allocation of both shared and dedicated resources across multiple slices
Figure 28: Sharing and trading of resources between slices
Figure 29: Description of the PVNO value chain
Figure 30: Business model and value chain evolution for an operator called MNO 1
Figure 31: Number of SDN and NFV projects by status
Figure 32: Geographical breakdown of committed operators in SDN and NFV
Figure 33: Positioning of major telcos according to the level of implementation and type of implementation
Figure 34: AT&T strategy: User-Defined Network Cloud
Figure 35: AT&T network virtualisation plan
Figure 36: Network on demand, SDN and NFV-based services
Figure 37: BT view of the uses of SDN and NFV
Figure 38: BT ‘Cloud of Clouds' vision
Figure 39: NovoNet approach
Figure 40: China Mobile vision of 5G
Figure 41: Key elements for DT Pan-Net transformation
Figure 42: Pan-Net objective
Figure 43: Cloud VPN, DT first SDN- and NFV-based service
Figure 44: DT's subsidiary experimentation in Slovakia
Figure 45: Orange transformation in line with new customer expectations
Figure 46: The Five Pillars of Orange to deliver agile networks
Figure 47: EasyGo, VPN service based on SDN and NFV
Figure 48: Telefónica roadmap
Figure 49: Virtualisation of CPE
Figure 50: Verizon view on services migration to the cloud
Figure 51: Telco over Cloud Proof of concept
Figure 52: VPN+ demonstration
Figure 53: SDN and NFV vendor ecosystem
Figure 54: SDN and NFV market and regional breakdown, 2017-2021
Figure 55: Breakdown of the SDN/NFV market in 2021, by type of players

Bell Canada
China Mobile
China Telecom
China Unicom
Chungwha Telecom
Deutsche Telekom
SK Telecom
Telecom Italia
Telekom Austria
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