NEW DELHI: Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL), India’s leading telecom operator said that it is running trials of emerging technologies such as the software defined networking (SDN) and networks function virtualisation (NFV), and plans to deploy these technologies commercially.
“This has been something we have been running trials on. And, we will be having SDN capabilities as well. More important than the SDN itself is the ability to orchestrate the cloud in the workloads,” Vishant Vora, chief technology officer at Vodafone Idea, told ET.
He said that the telco is doing a lot of work at simplifying the data center architectures and making sure that it has the latest generation data centers that can host cloud-native apps of not networks but also from the IT domain.
SDN and NFV technologies complement each other and encompass various technologies aimed at making network agile and flexible with a virtualized server and storage infrastructure. SDN and network virtualization bring a host of benefits to the telecommunications service provider community even as the advantages of both technologies are well known in the enterprise IT and data center world.
Not only can these technologies help address the explosive capacity demand of mobile traffic, but they can also reduce the Capex and Opex burden faced by service providers to handle this demand by diminishing reliance on expensive proprietary hardware platforms.
The service provider SDN and NFV market will grow at a CAGR of approximately 45% over the next three years – with annual investments anticipated to reach nearly $22 billion by the end of 2020, SNS Research said in its recent report.
VIL is also continuing its focus on WiFi deployment in the country through its WiFi joint venture with Airtel, FireFly Networks. Vora said that FireFly recently done WiFi deployments across airports in the country.