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Mobile carriers, vendors eager to virtualize networks

Stephen Lawson | March 1, 2013
Separating software from hardware could bring new services sooner and help carriers compete with Internet players

Ericsson's Ewaldsson and speakers from two other network powerhouses, Cisco Systems and Huawei Technologies, said elements of the new mobile network order are starting to take shape but there is more work to do.

If the mobile industry can bring out new network capabilities such as reducing delays, it can boost the importance of networks in cloud services, Ewaldsson said. For example, a cloud service that controlled the cars on a highway might depend on lower latency, he said.

Industry and standards groups including the NGMN (Next-Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance, ETSI, the Open Networking Forum and the TM Forum are all involved in mobile virtualization, but it's not yet clear who will guide the effort or how it will take shape, the panelists said.


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