DigitalRoute (News - Alert) has developed its suite of MediationZone business tools to assist enterprises with their billing, operational support, handling of key performance indicators, and management of network security policies. Now Nokia (News - Alert) has certified MediationZone for use in software-based networks.
MediationZone can now work within Nokia networks that make use of network functions virtualization (NFV). This announcement is being billed as a win for DigitalRoute customers who can now be sure that their business support systems will stay updated with advancements in NFV. Johan Bergh, the CEO of DigitalRoute, commented further on that point:
“The virtualization of both networks and individual functions within those networks is becoming a core part of many telcos’ long-term strategies, and NFV deployments generally are rapidly picking up pace,” Bergh said. “Nokia certification allows the carrier community to be confident that DigitalRoute Technology remains the safest bet to meet their data integration needs, regardless of the deployment environment.”
This development falls in line with some bold predictions that DigitalRoute made last year regarding the future of software-based networking. In the height of hype about NFV and related networking concepts in 2015, a company survey in its “DigitalRoute Telco Industry Survey 2015- Final Report” suggested that NFV was “overhyped” and would not begin to make an impact until 2016. Well, the passage of time has led us to that point, and it appears that Bergh’s company is staying true with its previous remarks. It is making a push into NFV by partnering with Nokia – perhaps past the initial hype, but not past the time when NFV is still gaining traction.
DigitalRoute found that 77 percent of respondents (3,000 decision makers in telecommunications company) in its survey agreed with the prediction that NFV would make an impact in 2016, not 2015. The survey noted that standards for this future-facing type of networking still needed to be developed, and the public agreed wholeheartedly with that statement.
Nokia’s recent interest in the development of 4.5G and 4.9G mobile radios shows that it, too, has an eye on the future of networking and communications. Nokia’s President of Mobile Networks Samih Elhage commented that his company’s new mobile radios would help provide a smooth path to 5G mobile, which will have a significant impact on the manner in which consumers and businesses transmit data. Many networks that carry mobile data will soon be software-based and will make use of virtual network functions for easy alteration of customer services.
Edited by Alicia Young