Mobile World Congress should add an "All about the New IP" tagline to its name this year due to the rush of New IP-themed news coming out of the event: from service providers announcing major NFV deals, suppliers announcing big NFV customers, service providers talking software-defined networking plans and Deutsche Telekom flipping the switch on a pan-European IP network.
Here's a run-down of the biggest New IP news from the event so far:
AT&T plans to make its network 75% software-driven by 2020 in order to keep pace with a 100,000% increase in wireless data traffic, according to a blog post by John Donovan, senior executive VP of technology and operation. Already about 40% of AT&T's strategic IT apps have moved into the cloud, and the service provider is taking the skills it learned there to the software transformation of the WAN and deploying its Integrated Cloud into many of its 4,600 central offices. (See Donovan Touts AT&T's Software Push.)
Cisco announced NFV deals with Deutsche Telekom, Telstra and Telecom Italia. All three will use Cisco's virtual network functions and its UCS commodity server hardware. In addition, the service providers will use the Tail-f Network Services Orchestrator, which works across a multi-vendor environment. (See Cisco Lands NFV Deals With DT, Telstra, Telecom Italia .)
Cisco's John Chambers said that the rise of the digital economy underpinned by the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) will shake up the communications industry and require that "everything has to be IP." He also predicted that 40% to 50% of service providers will "probably become irrelevant" over the next decade, and that many traditional networking vendors will disappear. (See Cisco CEO: Get Ready for New Digital World .)
Deutsche-Telekom flipped the switch on its IP-based TV and VPN services in Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia and plans to complete its transition to an all-IP network by 2018. The service provider told Light Reading it aims to cut US$1.35 billion in costs by using cloud-based technologies, and said the main objective of moving to all IP is agility and scalability. (See Deutsche Telekom Turns On Pan-European IP.)
Telefonica said it will use HP's OPNFV solution for its Unica NFV services, including HPs Helion OpenStack implementation, NFV Director for orchestration, plus hardware, service, networking and storage. (See Telefónica Taps HP for Unica NFV.)
Deploying New IP networks and services requires not only a new way of thinking but also a new way of building platforms and services, and getting there is not easy, especially when it comes to orchestration.