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Mats Johansson

Mats is focusing on networks marketing within SDN, NFV, 5G core, Cloud and NFV MANO at Ericsson Headquarters in Stockholm. He has previously been working in various positions such as R&D for Mobile Radio Networks, Product Management for Core networks and Mobile Packet Core, Marketing for 3G Mobile, Fixed Telecom networks for Broadband Access, Metro, IP and IPTV infrastructure. Mats has a Master’s degree in Telecommunication and Computer science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Mats Johansson

NFV trends from the SDN NFV World Congress 2018

An urgency to get NFV working as a platform for 5G was on top as 1,700 delegates discussed how to overcome some of the remaining barriers to get ready, and we see an NFV trend towards commercial-scale implementation.

NFV strategy, from trial to commercial operation

Although NFV and SDN have been discussed since 2012, most operators have several years left to come to a state where most of the commercial services are run on a virtualized infrastructure. The majority have started in some fashion and fairly common are trials or PoCs (proof of concepts) where a single application, such as vEPC or vIMS, is running on an appliance type of NFVI. Very few are running a large-scale commercial telco cloud to cater to a multitude of VNFs from many vendors.

Why is Ericsson a leader in Telco NFV?

There are many who still question if this will really work and fulfill the promises of lower opex and shorter time to market for new services. Steve Saunders at Light Reading has described the NFV transformation as a disaster for the whole industry, where key values such as stable reliable networks based on standards have been forgotten.