IoT forces carriers to look to SDN, NFV to handle data traffic, says Gartner

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The move to the Internet of Things is forcing communication service providers to come with alternatives to the traditional telecom infrastructure, such as software-defined networking and network function virtualization, observed Martina Kurth, research director for Gartner.

With billions of devices forecast to be connected to the Internet, current network architecture will not be able to handle the traffic demand.

NFV turns network functions into components for IoT communications, while SDN separates the control and data planes for improved operational efficiency, Kurth related.

"SDN and NFV will change the DNA of operators and the way they create, manage and deliver services to their customers. This will also require transformation of internal organizational structures, networks and IT processes as well as new skillsets," Kurth added.

These new network technologies will provide a cloud-based infrastructure needed to exploit market opportunities created by IoT, which will generate unprecedented volumes of data and the need for analysis of that data.

Communications service providers will spend money on new network infrastructures to handle the IoT ecosystems and the speed of business decisions required with connected machines. These providers will also have to spend money on customer-facing software capabilities, such as self-service portals, order management, analytics and partner settlement, Kurth concluded.

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