Last month (April 2018), I represented Aricent at the MPLS+SDN+NFV World in Paris and in attendance were some of the world’s largest mobile operators including AT&T, DT, Turk Telecom and Reliance Jio. SDN/NFV is coming to fruition and 5G is almost here. The main theme at the show was automation - and what transpired was that while many operators have been making good ground, end-to-end automation of the network was a conundrum.
The network is the bedrock of nearly every significant innovation that we see around us. For example, the high-speed 4G network is making self-driving cars a reality, one of the biggest innovations of this era. A Deloitte report estimates that self-driving cars, enabled by wireless connectivity, will reduce emissions by 40% to 90%, travel times by nearly 40%, and delays by 20%. A 2013 study estimated that if 90% of vehicles were autonomous, it would save 21,700 lives and $447 billion per year.