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Reduction in the complexity of deploying and managing services, accelerating new service introduction, and reducing capital/operational expenditure overhead are key priorities for network operators today. These priorities are in part driven by the need to generate more revenue per user. But competitive pressures and increasing demand from consumers are also pushing them to experiment with new and innovative services. These services may require unique capabilities that are specific to a given network operator and in addition may require the ability to tailor service characteristics on a per-consumer basis. This evolved service delivery paradigm mandates that the network operator have the ability to integrate policy enforcement alongside the deployment of services, applications, and content, while maintaining optimal use of available network capacity and resources.

Existing service-related features and resources such as service appliances, integrated router service blades, servers, content caches, and applications, will continue to be utilized. In addition, new technology such as the Cisco OnePK and Linux Containers will be integrated to enable a much broader service delivery capability. It is most likely that network operators will opt to distribute the full set of resources across their entire network footprint and therefore flexible access to them will become increasingly important. Real world deployments will demand better utilization of dormant service function capacity, and the delivery of specific types of services from different locations at different times dependent upon customer demand. (For example, some services may require deployment close to the subscriber edge whilst others may come from one or more regional locations within the transport network or data centers.)

Meeting these challenges cost-effectively and flexibly will require new approaches in service delivery that enable:

Non-disruptive service introduction

Network & services infrastructure decoupling

Service resource pooling

Service availability

Service extensibility

A plethora of technologies can be applied serve these approaches. These will be explored in future posts to this blog.

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  1. Yes you are right. The devices that accessed the internet have now changed completely. Ultra mobile super fast devices means that a network company would have to move faster in terms of integrating new technology.

    Tighter integration with OEMs can help networks provide better data to consumers, therefore increasing consumption per user.


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