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ETSI boosts 5G content of NFV releases to regain MNO confidence

The trend to virtualize telecoms networks – running them as virtual network functions (VNFs) in software, on off-the-shelf hardware – was once driven almost single-handedly by standards body ETSI. The organization’s Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) specifications were the basis of early work on software-based telecoms systems, and remains their bedrock. However, NFV progress stalled as the industry’s efforts fragmented at higher layers, notably with the stand-off between separate ETSI and Linux Foundation efforts to set standards for management and orchestration (MANO). In addition, early deployments were seen as expensive and cumbersome, and many operators now want to wait until more modern technology – cloud-native systems built on containers, to replace first generation virtual machines – is mature, in order to…

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