The mobile industry is evolving and network function virtualization is a term that has achieved significant press, especially during the last Mobile World Congress event. During that event the over-arching benefits that NFV can deliver in the network core were well covered. However, little has been said about the services that could take advantage of NFV. Messaging, in particular, is one service that any operator considering NFV can realize an immediate benefit with. In many networks, messaging exists as siloed functions with differing end-user functionality, hardware, traffic and management requirements. Consolidating these onto a single platform should be a clear target for NFV – unlocking substantial savings in operating expense and capital expense.
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