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New Mobile Operator Survey Results Underscore Critical Role of SDN and NFV in Mobile Network Transformation

Coriant and Brocade Co-sponsored White Paper by Heavy Reading Reveals High Interest in Deploying SDN to Optimize Mobile Network Resources

NAPERVILLE, Illinois, 18 February 2016 – Coriant, a global supplier of SDN-enabled transport networking solutions, today announced the release of a new white paper, "The Emerging Mandate for More Flexible Mobile Infrastructure," prepared by Heavy Reading, on behalf of Coriant and Brocade.

The white paper highlights results of a global survey of more than 80 mobile operators on the importance of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in mobile network transformation. The survey showed that more than 80 percent of respondents have a high interest in deploying SDN in the mobile network to optimize network operations.

"This survey revealed an emerging consensus among leading mobile network operators around best methods for designing, building, and operating mobile network infrastructure for the next five years," said Patrick Donegan, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading. "Specifically, the survey results lead us to believe that distribution, virtualization, and programmability of networking features by leveraging SDN and NFV will be critical enablers of mobile network transformation."

Heavy Reading analysis of the responses from networking professionals employed by converged and pure play mobile operators throughout the world uncovered mounting evidence that SDN and NFV will play a critical role in meeting the growing requirements for flexibility in mobile network infrastructure. The survey results also highlight a growing trend toward distribution of data centers, with 44 percent of operator respondents viewing distribution as being central to their data center strategy over the next few years. The distribution of data centers drives increased demand for virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and SDN-enabled programmability to support more stringent latency and reliability requirements at the mobile edge. In addition, the survey also revealed that nearly two thirds of respondents expect phase synchronization, a mandatory requirement for LTE-A features such as coordinated multipoint (CoMP) and enhanced inter-cell interference coordination (eICIC), to be deployed in their network within three years.

To obtain a free copy of the Heavy Reading white paper, click here.

Coriant and Brocade at Mobile World Congress

At Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Coriant and Brocade are teaming up to showcase the Smart Mobile Cloud, an innovative and open approach to reducing service activation times and enhancing service performance in mobile networks. Combining SDN-enabled capabilities of the Coriant Transcend™ SDN Solution and NFV-based vEPC and S/Gi-LAN powered by Brocade, this demonstration features virtualized mobile network slicing, enterprise bandwidth-on-demand provisioning via a web-based service portal, and multi-domain programmability and control.

About Coriant

Coriant delivers innovative, dynamic networking solutions for a fast-changing and cloud-centric business world. The Coriant portfolio of SDN-enabled, edge-to-core transport solutions enables network operators to reduce operational complexity, improve utilization of multi-layer network resources, and create new revenue opportunities. Coriant serves leading network operators around the world, including mobile and fixed line service providers, cloud and data center operators, content providers, cable MSOs, large enterprises, government agencies, financial institutions, and utility companies. With a distinguished heritage of technology innovation and service excellence, forged by over 35 years of experience and expertise in Tier 1 carrier networks, Coriant is helping its global customers maximize the value of their network infrastructure as demand for bandwidth explodes and the communications needs of businesses and consumers continue to evolve. Learn more at www.coriant.com.


Scott Larson Media Relations Coriant +1.978.250.3433 scott.larson@coriant.com

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