The proliferation of Internet of Things  end-points and the connectivity required for various verticals and solutions is exacerbating the profitability challenge for service providers and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. The increase in operational complexity of service providers’ networks is a major factor in exacerbating the average revenue per user and margin challenges. Service providers’ infrastructures are not designed to handle the volume of transactions and scale of IoT deployments. New IoT traffic patterns and types, the need for ad-hoc connectivity and the need for carefully orchestrated and allocated storage, compute and networking resources have transformed the requirements for the service providers’ infrastructures.

As service providers prepare their infrastructure to meet the IoT generated requirements, network function virtualization can be a critical enabler and the logical option to pursue. NFV becomes a critical enabler because the resource efficiency and service agility provided by NFV is key to the service providers’ ability to offering rich, integrated, managed IoT services and move beyond a pure connectivity play.

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