Webinar Replay: Transition to #vCPE and #SDN an Adventure for Operators and Vendors

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Thursday, March 31, 2016 with No comments

During a recent Light Reading webinar on virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) deployment options, Ovum analyst Mike Sapien concluded that the transition to this new service delivery method--part of the larger shift toward software-defined networks (SDNs)--is an adventure for operators. (That holds true for vendors, also.) And, the latest phase of the adventure is shift in focus from cost savings for the operators, to benefits for the customer.


Michael Rezek, Accedian VP Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, stressed that regardless of how vCPE is deployed, operators should continue asking themselves, "Why are we doing this?" It remains important to measure or score deployment options against those reasons.

Operators, Rezek said, have three primary goals that relate to vCPE:

  1. Generate new revenue streams
  2. Accelerate time to new revenue streams
  3. Retain revenue longer (better QoE, etc.)
vCPE has the potential to positively affect all of those (by reducing vendor lock-in and opex, and improving reliability) assuming operators place a strong focus on automation, and recognize that the need for physical network demarcation doesn’t go away; the virtualization target is network functions.

What are the vCPE deployment options operators are considering? Most of the webinar was devoted to looking at the three most common, established deployment methods and why operators might choose one over the others (or a combination):

  • Localized/uCPE: Host virtual network functions (VNFs) at customer location
  • Centralized: Host VNFs in provider network (cloud/data center)
  • Distributed: Hybrid of 1 and 2
Sapien noted that most operators have conducted proofs of concept for all three approaches during the past year or so, and now it’s time to choose one.

Accedian’s stance is that in most cases, centralized vCPE is the most efficient, sustainable option--although more technology development may be needed to address functions with very low latency requirements.

Watch the full webinar replay for more insight into this topic.


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