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January 22, 2014

Openwave Mobility Noted as a Key Player in NFV-, SDN-based Video

ABI Research is putting the spotlight on Openwave Mobility, which it says is an important player in the video space and is leveraging network functions virtualization and software-defined networking to help service providers with video optimization and monetization.

This is important because it addresses four of the biggest trends today in networking – mobility, NFV, SDN, and video.

Some 50 million U.S. consumers now watch video on their mobile phones, and 40 percent of YouTube traffic now comes from mobile users, Business Intelligence reported earlier this month. And the SDN-enabled hardware space is projected to top $707 million in 2014 and hit $13.3 billion in 2018, while SDN software in service-provider deployments in 2018 is forecast to reach $2.3 billion in 2018, according to ACG Research. (To learn more about SDN, join TMC at SDN Precon on Jan. 28 in Miami. For more information visit http://www.sdnzone.com/conference/)

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“The transition of SP networks into increasingly virtualized models will accelerate after early proof of concept and trial deployments have been completed during the next one to two years,” said Ray Mota, CEO of ACG Research. “The continued adoption of media and entertainment, social networking, IoT and cloud IT/applications will stimulate significant upgrades in both agility and capacity across the SP landscape, fueling the uptake for SDN.” 

Openwave Mobility sells a solution called Integra, which is a layer 7-enabled SDN and NFV platform aimed at tier 2-4 mobile operators that want to more quickly and easily introduce new services and network resources as demand requires. It addresses the need of operators to address video traffic, which is growing at a rapid clip, and to do so in a scalable and affordable manner.

Said Indranil Chatterjee, Vice President of Product Management, Marketing and Strategy at Openwave Mobility, "Tier 2-4 operators have all the same video issues as Tier 1 operators, but with less resources to address these needs." 

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