Opening Up the Way to Industry Transformation

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Heather Kirksey leads the OPNFV community that is changing the way the telecoms industry innovates and the way it works. She talks to Alan Burkitt-Gray.

There’s a deep cultural change rolling through the industry. The way things have been done for the past century and a half – with vendors and operators doing their own R&D and competing vigorously – is being replaced by a new spirit of collaboration.  At the heart of this is the move to software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) – two abbreviations that mean, in short, using IT industry-standard hardware in the network with software to define and run the services.

And leading the move is an organisation called Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), whose director for the past two years has been Heather Kirksey.  



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