The emergence of lower-cost, high-volume white boxes along with standardized software APIs is a fundamental change that increases supplier choice and reduces cost for uCPE.
Virtualization platforms with open, scalable and optimized software enable lower hardware costs since fewer cores and less memory are needed to deliver the necessary performance. For effective service creation, CSPs must consider the necessary latency, throughput/performance and resiliency for their applications or services, and ensure that they are easily managed and orchestrated.
Operational considerations such as zero-touch provisioning, platform and VNF management does also have an impact on cost and thus need to be optimized. Value-adding capabilities enabled by deep packet inspection (DPI) like service function chaining (SFC) and dynamic traffic management are also key ingredients in an optimized solution.
Specific topics include:
- Business and technical trends in the uCPE market
- Cost structure of profitable uCPEs
- Optimal combination of traffic throughput, RAM/memory footprint and number of cores
- Service Function Chaining (SFC) as an added-value capability
- VNF and platform management: YANG/NETCONF vs. OpenStack
- uCPE, SD-WAN and 5G
- Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
- Ulf Bragnell, Product Management Director - ENEA